Review: ‘Fossil’ by Maya Chowdhry

Written by Kay Syrad for The Poetry School on Thursday, May 11th, 2017

In Fossil (Peepal Tree Press) Maya Chowdhry brings beauty to eco-politics, taking us on a journey across the globe and beyond, experimenting with scale, time and voice to inquire into and imagine the condition of the non-human world.

I found that the emotional power of this collection of thirty free verse poems accumulated as I read (one sitting recommended) so that towards its final quarter I began to feel there was truly nothing more important than this – than in paying close and constant attention to the beauty and wonder of life in all its astonishing forms; nothing more important than urgently recognising and reversing our role in ecocide.