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Atmospheric Embroidery: Poems
by Meena Alexander
Northwestern University Press, 2018
eISBN: 978-0-8101-3761-5 | Paper: 978-0-8101-3760-8
Library of Congress Classification PR9499.3.A46A86 2018
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.54

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

In this haunting collection of poems we travel through zones of violence to reach the crystalline depths of words: Meena Alexander writes, "So landscape becomes us, / Also an interior space bristling with light." At the heart of this book is the poem cycle "Indian Ocean Blues," a sustained meditation on the journey of the poet as a young child from India to Sudan. There are poems inspired by the drawings of children from war-torn Darfur and others set in present-day New York City. These sensual lyrics of body, memory, and place evoke the fragile, shifting nature of dwelling in our times.



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