Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Lantana Strangling Ixora

This collection is as much about love and people in and out of relationships as it is about origins and the process of estrangement. The lantana is a flower of South American origin, and the ixora of Asian origin. The lantana, a creeper that grows profusely, often engulfing other plants, provides a ready metaphor for the consciousness of the Americas overcoming that of India in the Americas—the mainstreaming and divesting of yoga from its Hindu origins being the most visible manifestation. This collection ranges widely in its geographical and historical concerns, from Canada to Guyana to India and places in between, exploring the contradictions in our lives: familial influences, terrorism, literature, politics, race, and the power of language and representation. As always in Persaud’s work, love is ever present. This is a collection that displays mastery over nuances of language, and is at once quirky and humorous as it continues an engagement with the theme of “place as muse.”

POETRY ISBN 978-1-894770-72-9,
$17.95 pb, 5.75” x 8.75”, 112 pages
September 2011

Also by Sasenarine Persaud:
In a Boston Night (poetry), ISBN 978-1-894770-49-1, $16.95
Canada Geese and Apple Chatney (fiction), ISBN 978-0-920661-72-7, $15.95

Praise for Sasenarine Persaud’s poetry:

Persaud's poems . . . are like miniature raags, sensuous units of Indian music obeying conventions mysterious to western ears. —The Globe and Mail

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