Illiterate Heart: Poems

April 17, 2002|
Illiterate Heart: Poems by Meena Alexander
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Winner, 2002 PEN Open Book Award
Recipient, 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship

Meena Alexander''s poetry emerges as a consciousness moving between the worlds of memory and the present, enhanced by multiple languages. Her experience of exile is translated into the intimate exploration of her connections to both India and America. In one poem the thirteenth-century Persian poet Rumi visits with her while she speaks on the phone in her New York apartment, and in another she evokes fellow-poet Allen Ginsberg in the India she herself has left behind. Drawing on the fascinating images and languages of her dual life, Alexander deftly weaves together contradictory geographies, thoughts, and feelings.
Meena Alexander was born in Allahabad, India. She has published numerous books, including two novels, Manhattan Music and Nampally Road, and a book of poems and essays, The Shock of Arrival: Reflections on Postcolonial Experience. Her memoir, Fault Lines, was chosen as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 1993. The Royal Festiv...
Title:Illiterate Heart: Poems
Product dimensions:106 pages, 9 X 5.5 X 0.5 in
Shipping dimensions:106 pages, 9 X 5.5 X 0.5 in
Published:April 17, 2002
Publisher:Northwestern University Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780810151185

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