Voyeurism and fact go head to head in Port of Being, a debut book of poetry that mines speech from the city streets and the internet. These are poems set firmly on the threshold of the private and public, the future-haunted and the real, forging the human adrift in a terrain of space junk, drones, and addiction. Port of Being speaks just in time, navigating the worlds of surveillance, migration, and money, only to carve a way into intimacy and connection.
Shazia Hafiz Ramji was a finalist for the 2018 Alberta Magazine Awards, received the 2017 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, and was a finalist for the 2016 National Magazine Awards. Her writing has appeared in Quill & Quire, Canadian Literature, the Puritan, and Metatron's ALPHA and OMEGA. She lives in Vancouver where she works as an editor and teaches creative writing.
“Whether turned inward or outward, these poems convey a tense, compelling vigilance.”—Toronto Star
"In charting the navigation from being passively observed to becoming an empowered observer, with captivating rhythms and energized juxtapositions, through a process of triangulating our culture and self, formal invention, captivating images, and an intriguing and wide range of subjects and reference, Ramji has created an insightful, thoughtful, engaging and inspiring guide to being in the digital age."—Hamilton Review of Books
“Shazia Hafiz Ramji’s poems, while betraying the occasional exhaustion, exasperation and frustration, don’t fall entirely into hopelessness, providing a glimmer of something beyond mere survival.”—rob mclennan
“With strategies that range impressively from collagist to pointillist to confessional, Port of Being fearlessly exhumes the fibre-optic nervous system undergirding our metropolises and oceans, and intercepts the mixed signals that traffic our airwaves.”—Quill and Quire