Galaxy Walk, published by Burning Eye Books 5th November 2019.Shareefa Energy's debut poetry collection
Gliding her feet down Galaxy Walk to her grandmothers home, holding institutions accountable, thundering down on injustice from the unforgiveable negligence that was Grenfell, all the way to neo-colonialism. Poetry and prose, at once raw and vulnerable, capturing both sorrow and light sits at the heart of this collection. Shareefa weaves poems on the hauntings of love and loss, history, patriarchy and its ripple effect, embracing womanhood and the journey of decolonising for a working class woman from the Indian diaspora Muslim community. Galaxy Walk exposes the cold whilst appreciating the wonders on Earth. This collection is a demonstration to show ourselves the utmost compassion, being the only way to survive. If aliens could read, these poems would do the multifaceted human experience justice.
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"The vast range of Shareefa’s work is astonishing. She represents a generation who are growing up in a world that is confused and complex, in families that are confused and complex. But there is hope. Hope is delicately placed between the lines of all of Shareefa’s brutally honest poetry. Shareefa knows a woman’s place is on the front line speaking truth to power. She does this intelligently and creatively, and she doesn’t pull punches. This poetry is totally relevant"
Benjamin Zephaniah, Poet
"These are words which speak from the heart, questioning and sensitively sifting through the complexities of what it means to be a woman of colour, an activist, a lover, to grow up in an Asian family in 1990s Britain, to witness Grenfell and amplify the demands of the survivors... More than anything these poems express how it feels for those who, in myriad ways, resist a racist and misogynistic society in this time of austerity and seek to create something new."
Amrit Wilson, Author & Activist
"Galaxy Walk is an important framing of the lives of an ignored community, Shareefa's poems are brave and proud and demand to be known. We are better for having her voice present in British consciousness."
Caleb Femi, Poet
“Shareefa’s poetry is a trumpet, a clarion call for the weak, the meek, the downtrodden, the oppressed, to pick up their arms and heal, to find ourselves and share it with the world, and most of all, to love, to love to love.”
JJ Bola, Poet & Author
"Shareefa is somebody I've seen perform many times and I've always been moved by the obvious passion in her delivery. Getting the chance to read her words from the page has given me a new insight into just how beautiful and intricate her wordplay is and i've been grateful for the opportunity. In numerology, the qualities of the name Shareefa are compassionate & idealistic, I think that Galaxy Walk proves that she is both of those things and so much more".
- Rodney P, Godfather of UK Hip Hop
"Powerful truthful words straight from the heart. An important new voice wonderfully and widely engaged with the issues of our times"
Samia Malik, Singer