The Whimsy of Dank Ju-Ju
is a collection of colourful, energetic poems which revel in language. Using experimental forms and punctuation, with snippets of lines exploded across the page, Akhtar drags the reader into a world of magic, heat, life and... whimsy. (extract from 'The Universal Mystique of Not-writing') I am not a stylish hand You are not red clover tea I am a basker waiting for sharks To tread the water in fin-love & remedy is not vanilla-flavored Orange tetrahedron or gargoyles Pretending to be pretty. I am not a leather rose You are not a leaping lemon There is a memory that has blistered Into letters on my face I have not held a baby There is a repose in silence, Joining hands we become A chain of paper dolls Rippling like hair caught in the current.