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Friday 1 November 2013 11:22am

Sudesh Mishra

diaspora_and_the_art_of_dyingThe book

Every poem in this collection offers a stepping stone or resting place on what is essentially a diasporic odyssey. Mishra's is a poetry of discontinuities, of sojourning, of not staying put; it traces the lines of an eccentric cartography, moving restlessly from Fiji to Scotland, to Australia, to New Zealand, to Malta, to Italy and back. It is similarly unsettled in its approach to motifs and forms: a sequence of sonnets jostles with a terza rima; free verse stands alongside a sufi parable. There are poems about poetry, colonialism, photography, food, Palestine, the Pacific, and most of all about people.

'Surprise juxtapositions of imagery leap off the page.' – Cilla McQueen

The author

SUDESH MISHRA was born in Fiji. He has taught at universities in Fiji, Australia and Scotland. He now writes full-time. After Rahu, Tandava, and Memoirs of a Reluctant Traveller, this is his fourth collection of verse.

Publication details

Paperback, 80 pages, ISBN 1 877276 18 9, $29.95
Out of print

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