Mystical Poetry & Love: Nisha Ramayya and Daisy Lafarge

States of the Body Produced by Love is a modern mystical journey through love – a many-headed snake twisting through devotion, sacrifice and the dream of returning home. 

In her visionary debut, Nisha Ramayya conjures an opalescent world by way of Tantric ritual and myth. Thousand-petalled lotuses bloom inside skulls, goddesses with dirty feet charm honeybees, strains of jazz standards bleed into anti-national anthems. States of the Body Produced By Love weaves essays, poetry and images together to offer fierce meditations on diasporic identity, language and resistance. 

Following readings from their work, Nisha Ramayya and Daisy Lafarge explore the many states of the body seized by love, from grief to bliss, and the relationship of love and mysticism. What is mysticism? What is the relationship between love, divinity and abjection? How does poetry open a portal into sacred time, altered states of consciousness and mystical experience? 

Daisy Lafarge is a writer and artist interested in botanical, bacterial and microbial worlds as sites of the transgression of species boundaries. Her pamphlet understudies for air was published by Sad Press in 2017. A poetry collection and novel are forthcoming, and she is Grand Union’s writer-in-residence for 2020.

Nisha Ramayya grew up in Glasgow, and is now based in London. She is a poet and Lecturer in Creative Writing at Queen Mary University of London. Her pamphlets include Notes on Sanskrit, Correspondences, and In Me the Juncture, as well as Threads, co-authored with Sandeep Parmar and Bhanu Kapil. States of the Body Produced by Love is her first full-length book.

States of the Body Produced by Love is a modern mystical journey through love – a many-headed snake twisting through devotion, sacrifice and the dream of returning home. 

In her visionary debut, Nisha Ramayya conjures an opalescent world by way of Tantric ritual and myth. Thousand-petalled lotuses bloom inside skulls, goddesses with dirty feet charm honeybees, strains of jazz standards bleed into anti-national anthems. States of the Body Produced By Love weaves essays, poetry and images together to offer fierce meditations on diasporic identity, language and resistance. 

Following readings from their work, Nisha Ramayya and Daisy Lafarge explore the many states of the body seized by love, from grief to bliss, and the relationship of love and mysticism. What is mysticism? What is the relationship between love, divinity and abjection? How does poetry open a portal into sacred time, altered states of consciousness and mystical experience? 

Daisy Lafarge is a writer and artist interested in botanical, bacterial and microbial worlds as sites of the transgression of species boundaries. Her pamphlet understudies for air was published by Sad Press in 2017. A poetry collection and novel are forthcoming, and she is Grand Union’s writer-in-residence for 2020.

Nisha Ramayya grew up in Glasgow, and is now based in London. She is a poet and Lecturer in Creative Writing at Queen Mary University of London. Her pamphlets include Notes on Sanskrit, Correspondences, and In Me the Juncture, as well as Threads, co-authored with Sandeep Parmar and Bhanu Kapil. States of the Body Produced by Love is her first full-length book.