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Illiterate Heart: Poems

4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  10 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Winner, 2002 PEN Open Book Award
Recipient, 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship

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 vi
Paperback, 106 pages
Published April 17th 2002 by Triquarterly
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Aug 30, 2008 James rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Poets and Poetry lovers
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Really it's a 3 1/2 stars. This is my first Alexander book and has convinced me she is a great poet. Her first poem cycle is a bit clunky, but she quickly gathers steam and keeps up the momentum until the end of her collection. Her poems bridge India and America, and give a place for those who search for their culture in their country and experiences. The language is palpable like good poetry should be and you feel a longing and joy in her craftsmanship. Can't wait for her next gig.
This is a beautiful series of poems.
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Meena Alexander (born 1951) is an internationally acclaimed poet, scholar, and writer. Born in Allahabad, India, and raised in India and Sudan, Alexander lives and works in New York City, where she is Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College and at the CUNY Graduate Center in the PhD program in English. She is the author of numerous collections of poetry, literary memoirs, essays, and ...more
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