Miracle Marks

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Publication Date
June 2019
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6.125 x 8.5

Miracle Marks

Purvi Shah

In her second full-length poetry collection, Miracle Marks, activist Purvi Shah charts women’s status through pointed explorations of Hindu iconography and philosophy and powerful critiques of American racism. In these searing, revelatory poems, Shah reminds us that surviving birth as an infant girl and living as a woman is miraculous—as such, every girl is a miracle mark. And because education is often denied to girls, writing by women is a miracle.

In Miracle Marks, Shah probes belonging, devotion, and social inequity, delving into what it means to be a woman, and what it means to be. Through sound energy and white space, these poems chart multiple realities, including the miracles of women’s labors and survivals. This collection spurs dialogue across audiences and communities and lights a way for brown girls and women who relish in spirit, intellect, politics, and justice.
About the Author

PURVI SHAH inspires change as a nonprofit consultant and writer. During the tenth anniversary of 9/11, she directed Together We Are New York, a community-based poetry project to highlight Asian American voices and experiences. Her first poetry collection, Terrain Tracks, won the Many Voices Project prize, and her chaplet, Dark Lip of the Beloved: Sound Your Fiery God-Praise, explores women and being. She currently serves as a board member of The Poetry Project in New York. Her favorite art practices are her sparkly eyeshadow and raucous laughter.


“Beautifully and evocatively written, with themes of femininity, love, longing and playfulness woven throughout the entire collection. Also quite timely, given the #MeToo movement, and Shah’s call to celebrate feminine strength. Haunting and vivid.”
—Anita Anantharam, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Gender Research, University of Florida, author of Bodies that Remember: Women's Indigenous Knowledge and Cosmopolitanism in South Asia