Basmati Brown: paths, passages, cross and open by Phinder DulaiBasmati Brown: paths, passages, cross and open by Phinder Dulai

Basmati Brown: paths, passages, cross and open

byPhinder Dulai

Paperback | January 1, 2000

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Written mainly during the poet's travels through India, Basmati Brown represents a spiritual and social journey through Punjabi cultural roots while retaining a clear connection to a home in British Columbia. Phinder Dulai's poems have the ability to seduce with liquid words, caressing the reader with Punjabi rhythm and speech pattern in harmony with English voice. Basmati Brown is beautifully illustrated with evocative black-and-white photographs from both India and Canada. Dulai is a poet to watch, receiving high praise from talented Canadian writers such as Michael Turner and George Bowering. With just his second book of poetry, Dulai is already carving a name for himself in the Canadian literary scene.
Phinder Dulai has given readings and talks on Canadian literature, with an emphasis on migrant voices, for schools, colleges and universities both in and outside of Canada. He has worked in print journalism in Vancouver's South Asian media and as an associate producer for Gabereau Live. His poetry has been published in Ankur, Rungh, Th...
Title:Basmati Brown: paths, passages, cross and openFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 8.25 × 5.25 × 0.32 inPublished:January 1, 2000Publisher:Nightwood EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889711720

ISBN - 13:9780889711723

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all inclusivei'd like to take the packagea jobpay for my workhired not firedbecause i'm brownstabilityto keep my kids warmlet them run while their airis still purebefore they learn the angerthe rejection, the betrayalholiday paykindnessto dance with my girlson a hot eveningin a hot place wherebeaches smileganeshif a rock fell on mei wouldn't be too surprisedi have found elephantfootprints on my journeysthe quiet kafuffle of a cosmic jokeplayed at my expensei have heardthe crunching and chewingof cashew nutsi have been your night's entertainmentyou are righti deserve itnever take picturesof elephants in india

From Our Editors

Multicultural society is reflected in the works of today’s poets. In Basmati Brown, Phinder Dulai combines Punjabi speech patterns with English words. Through these series of poems, he examines the ancient history of his motherland and compares it to his new surroundings. Although the two cultures remain at odds, Dulai outlines his connection with each. This book is a great introduction to an exciting new voice.

Editorial Reviews

Here is a real made book ... performance poetry, rich nouns, a montage of material for a world you probably haven't seen yet. With puns and jabs, Dulai memorializes his heritage -- and wrestles it to the ground.
--George Bowering