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Illiterate Heart: Poems
by Meena Alexander
Northwestern University Press, 2002
eISBN: 978-0-8101-2160-7 | Cloth: 978-0-8101-5117-8 | Paper: 978-0-8101-5118-5
Library of Congress Classification PR9499.3.A46I45 2002
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.54

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
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.

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