This debut poetry collection from acclaimed novelist Farzana Doctor (Seven) is both an intimate deep dive and a humorous glance at the tumultuous decade of her forties. Through crisp and vivid language, Doctor explores mid-life breakups and dating, female genital cutting, imprints of racism and misogyny, and the oddness of sex and love, and urges us to take a second look at the ways in which human relationships are never what we expect them to be.
“These poems are clean, tight, wry, luscious, kvetchy and up-close-to-brown-skin.”
– Sonnet L’Abbé, author of Sonnet’s Shakespeare
"These big and small habits that harbour a sense of familiarity when revisiting old relationships are a dominant theme in her new carefully structured poetry collection, You Still Look The Same.... reads as a poetic memoir reflecting on a time filled with vulnerability and opportunity." – Zahra Khozema, Globe & Mail
"This moving poetry book...is compelling for any reader, but a true gift for forty-something women. Examining her own mid-life ups and downs, Doctor brings depth to the quiet but heavy everyday moments that hold so much history and complex emotions. If you've every lived through a separation or divorce, you will find comfort in these pages. If you find yourself asking--what's next...where do I go from here? You'll find that you are not alone. Doctor's poetry, both piercing and wry, gives words to feelings that we experience as we search for meaning and stability in a world full of distractions and pitfalls. Grief, lonelieness, self-love, and rage are explored with care and humour in this stunning debut." – Ameera Saeed, She Does The City
“Farzana Doctor’s You Still Look The Same unfolds in filmic moments which cluster with insight, itches like the discomfort of a hard news story, yet reads with all the intimacy of confessional memoir. From the playful humour in online dating to her reporter’s candour in critiquing Bohra customs, these poems manifest, if only “just for a second / a fragment of unbelonging / falling away.””
– Michael V Smith, author of Bad Ideas
You Still Look the Same is a powerful and necessary collection that breaks silences and speaks to the griefs and joys we all experience. Life is a constant process of separation; nevertheless, in Doctor’s poems moments of love and laughter always resurface.– Manahil Bandukwala, Quill and Quire
“In this collection, love, disappointment and possibility collide, at home and unhomed in spare, precise language.”
– Larissa Lai, author of Iron Goddess of Mercy
“These poems travel across a range of experiences, but what pulls them together is the essential yearning for connection – in defiance of pain and grief, in spite of anger, fear, exclusion and sheer human blundering. The voices here are vulnerable, imperfect, but they are bolstered by their wry wit and an irrepressible desire to embrace life and love with all its complications.”
– Adam Sol, author of How a Poem Moves
May 1, 2022 - Available in Canada/US/UK in paperback and in e-book/audiobook worldwide. Preorder now!