The poems “Other Fish to Fry” and “Lives of Others” reflect on how South Asian women fall victim to social systems and prejudices about gender. The first poem, “Other Fish to Fry,” metaphorically presents a mother bird and its kids, who represent women suffering from discrimination and torture. “Lives of Others” also depicts women who migrate to Middle Eastern countries in order to earn money and bring solvency to their families. But over time, they are victimized by landlords and brokers who regularly torture them. As a result, both poems address violence against South Asian women, including heinous crimes such as rape, acid attacks, and murder, as well as their silence.
Islam, Mohammad Shafiqul
Journal of International Women's Studies: Vol. 24:
6, Article 23.
Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol24/iss6/23