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Tissue Summary & Analysis
by Imtiaz Dharker

Tissue Summary & Analysis
by Imtiaz Dharker

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"Tissue" was written by Pakistan-born British poet Imtiaz Dharker and published in her 2006 collection, The Terrorist at My Table. The poem is an impressionistic meditation about paper, focusing on the way that it represents both human fragility and power. The poem shifts its focus throughout, first looking at a Koran and information that has been written in the back about people's births and deaths. Later, the speaker imagines what it would be like if buildings were made out of paper, before finally relating it back to the "tissue" of human skin.

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