Imtiaz Dharker is one of the most important Indian poets currently writing in English. A recurring theme in her poetry is the danger of exclusion, as she noted in a recent interview: "In a world that seems to be splitting itself into narrower national and religious groups, sects, castes, subcastes, we can go on excluding others until we come down to a minority of one." The title of this poem--which is also the refrain--reminds us how quickly we often dismiss those whom we categorize as "other." The narrator wonders if there is "another country" for such outsiders, though notices that "from where we are it doesn't look like a country, it's more like the cracks that grow between borders." Published in 2003, Dharker's poem raises questions about the possibilities of transcending one's own culture and prejudices.
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