In praise of fragments

Meena Alexander, 1951-2018

Book - 2020

"In Praise of Fragments is a collection of various and inter-related works, including a sequence of poems written about Venetian Jewish poet Sarra Copia Sulam (1592-1641), lyric essays about Venice, a suite of poems about Hyderabad, where Alexander lived for some years, and a series of brief sketches of memoir about her childhood in Kerala, the subject of her groundbreaking memoir Fault Lines. The writings are accompanied by a series of sumi ink drawings by Alexander and an afterword by Leah Souffrant."--

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New York : Nightboat Books [2020]
Main Author
Meena Alexander, 1951-2018 (author)
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105 pages : color illustrations, 21 cm
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Review by Library Journal Review

Assembled during the last year of her life, this collection from distinguished poet Alexander (Atmospheric Embroidery) moves briskly from her Kerala, India, childhood to Hyderabad, Venice, and 17th-century Venetian Jewish poet Sarra Copia Sulam. Bright and lush, these ingratiating poems fly by but aren't really fragments; each contains a well-articulated moment, and they are united by their reflections on our pasts and ourselves. "All of us live with ghosts./ This is part of what makes us human," says a prelude poem, which ends affectingly, "Where and what is home? How much can a body be home?"--an important question given the geographic territory Alexander covered in her life and work. Wherever her poems head, she recalls "all that tethered me there." VERDICT Vibrant, approachable work; the Sulam poems are accompanied by Alexander's exuberant drawings.

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