CHITTAGONG: Poems and Essays
“A raw, visceral, compelling work that shines a spotlight on a world that most of us don’t know but should.”
-Reid Maki, Child Labor Coalition
“These are poems in the essential tradition of witness. They refocus our attention and rehabilitate our sense of perspective. They challenge us to open our eyes.”
–Deborah Bogen, author of Let Me Open You a Swan
Chittagong by Cameron Conaway is a book of poems and essays that focuses on the shipbreaking industry in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
Shipbreaking is the dismantling of decommissioned ships, and the industry is known for its pollution and child labor violations. The result of a collision between travel writing, contemporary poetics and bearing witness, Chittagong pushes genre boundaries as it explores the “whirling and whirring dust of togetherness” in Bangladesh’s second largest city.
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