Too Much Mirch


Too Much Mirch dwells in the ambiguities of human relationships, exploring how people and communities can be lifted up or let down by those around them. Sharp and sensitive in their imagery, these poems apply an empathetic lens to every subject they meet – family members, bullies, a cadaver in an anatomy lesson.

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Published June 2022

What Writers and Critics Think

  • These poems constantly surprised me with their inventiveness with imagery and the way Safia Khan challenges assumptions and stereotypes and turns them inside out. There are stunning poems here about family, racism, misogyny and the interplay between them. A particular strength of Safia Khan is her colourful and lively way of writing about people in all their complexity.

    Kim Moore
  • Her play on a sense of statelessness within a state is compellingly rendered: the ‘patch of grass’ endlessly drifting, the amnesiac refugee who brings the narrative into the immediate present, and the multivalent whiff of home - whatever home means - on the wind.

    Steve Whitaker, on the poem 'But Where Are You Really From?' (The Yorkshire Times' Poem of the Week 09/07/2022)


Safia Khan is a poet and medical student. She has been published in various magazines, including The North, Poetry Wales, and bath magg. Her work has been anthologised in Introduction X: The Poetry Business Book of New Poets (New Poets List), We’re All In It Together: Poems for a disUnited Kingdom (Grist), Surfing the Twilight (Hive South Yorkshire) and Halfway Smile (Hive South Yorkshire).

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eBook (ePub), Pamphlet


978-1-914914-24-9, 978-1-914914-25-6



Publication Year

June 2022