Illiterate Heart: Poems

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April 2002



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 (Mercury House, 1997) and Nampally Road (Mercury House, 1991) and a book of poems and prose pieces. The Shock of Arrival: Reflections on Postcolonial Experience (Southend Press, 1996). Her most recent book of poems is River and Bridge (Toronto South Asian Review Press, 1996). Her memoir, Fault Lines (Feminist Press, 1993), received critical acclaim and was chosen as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books 1993. Alexander's work has been translated into German, Italian, Swedish, Spanish, French, Arabic, Malayalam, Urdu, and Hindi and has appeared in many journals in the U.S. and abread. She currently lives in New York City where she is a Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.

EAN: 9780810151178
ISBN: 0810151170
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2002
Seitenanzahl: 106 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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