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Quickly Changing River: Poems

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Publisher Comments:

Recipient of 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship

With her strong voice and precise language, Meena Alexander has crafted this visceral, worldly collection of poems. The experience she brings to the reader is sensual in many senses of the word, as she invokes bright colors, sounds, smells, and feelings. Her use of vivid imagery from the natural world—birds, lilies, horses—up against that from the world of humans—oppression, slavery, and violence—ties her work to the earth even as she works a few mystical poetic transformations.

 

In Alexanders world, the songs of a bird can become the voice of a girl in a café and the red juice of mulberries can be as shocking as blood. When she focuses her attention on the cloth of a girls sari, the material of a womans life, or the blood in her veins, she speaks to the particular experience of women in the world. The women are vividly present—sometimes they are hidden or veiled, juxtaposed with open gardens in full bloom. It is difficult not to come away from Quickly Changing River without a new sense of the power and frailty of being alive.

 

Aletheia (Girl in River Water)
 
First I saw your face,
The your whole body lying still
Hands jutting, eyelids shut
 
Twin nostrils flare, sheer
Efflorescebce when memory cannot speak-
a horde of body parts glistening.

Synopsis:

Recipient of 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship

With her strong voice and precise language, Meena Alexander has crafted this visceral, worldly collection of poems. The experience she brings to the reader is sensual in many senses of the word, as she invokes bright colors, sounds, smells, and feelings. Her use of vivid imagery from the natural world—birds, lilies, horses—up against that from the world of humans—oppression, slavery, and violence—ties her work to the earth even as she works a few mystical poetic transformations.

 

About the Author

Meena Alexander, Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, is the author of several books of poetry, most recently Raw Silk and Illiterate Heart, winner of a 2002 PEN Open Book Award. Her memoir Fault Lines was one of Publishers Weekly's best books of 1993, and her novel Nampally Road was a 1991 Voice Literary Supplement Editor's Choice.

Table of Contents

Cosmopolitan

Cold Weather Trees

Torn Grass

In Kochi by the Sea

Food for My Mother, One April Night

Pale Blouses

Lemon Tree

Three Sisters

Buddha of Bamian

Four Friends

Summertime

Pond at Giverny

Water Garden

Lavinia Writes

Monet's Trousers

Aletheia (Girl in the Water)

Plainsong

To Achilles

Veil

Three for Summer

     1. Neela Marya

     2. What Ayah Says

     3. Dark Door

Song of the Red Earth

Quickly Changing River

Travel Time

Nomadic Tutelage

Raw Meditations on Money

     1. She Speaks: A Schoolteacher from South India

     2. He Speaks: A Former Slave from Southern Sudan

     3. She Speaks: A Seventy-Four-Year-Old Woman to Her Daughter

Cutting Hair

Oncoming Traffic

Reading Leopardi

Hunting for Fish

House of the Red Canoe

Dog Days of Summer

Self-Portrait in a Floating Mirror

    1. 75

    2. 77

    3. 79

Acqua Alta

Venetian Pigeons

No Ceremony

Love Song with Crickets

White Nile, Love Song

Floating on Fifth

Comfort Stop

Closing the Kama Sutra

Love in the Afternoon

    1. 93

    2. 95

    3. 97

Old Ivory

Cadenza

Three for Winter

    1. Afternoon

    2. Trees

    3. Sky

House of Breath

Imprint of Memory

August 14, 2004

Acknowledgments

Notes 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810124516
Author:
Alexander, Meena
Publisher:
Triquarterly Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
136
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6.13 in

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With her strong voice and precise language, Meena Alexander has crafted this visceral, worldly collection of poems. The experience she brings to the reader is sensual in many senses of the word, as she invokes bright colors, sounds, smells, and feelings. Her use of vivid imagery from the natural world—birds, lilies, horses—up against that from the world of humans—oppression, slavery, and violence—ties her work to the earth even as she works a few mystical poetic transformations.

 

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