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  • Keywords
    • Poetry,
    • Narcissistic abuse,
    • Recovery,
    • Abusive relationships,
    • South Asian identity,
    • LGBTQ+ identity,
    • Queer Desi women

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Don't Tell My Parents
Queer Diasporic Truths
by Alyy Patel

This book is my refusal to remain silent about the love that broke me. It is an unflinchingly honest collection of poetry that tells the story of how I developed a sense of self-worth through heartbreak and betrayal. It is the process of reconciling my queer identity in light of cultural constraints and abusive relationships. It is my journey to self-love. If you’ve lost yourself in love, this book is for you. If you’ve had your heart broken, this book is for you. If you’ve grappled between your head and heart in matters of love, this book is for you. If you’ve realized it’s finally time to choose yourself, this book is for you.

Sonali (Alyy) Patel is a trailblazing LGBTQ+ scholar, activist, and writer, who has made monumental strides for Queer South Asian women in North America. Alyy pioneered Canadian research on Queer South Asian women’s issues, solely founded the Queer South Asian Women’s Network, and co-founded the Queer Gujarati Parivaar. This is her first poetry book publication. Learn more at


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