These poems explore the meaning of home and belonging and a search for transcendence through love and art. They reflect on what it means to live between cultures and continents, question traditional female roles, ponder over the role of art in life. The poet's search for home leads her to different places: in her aboriginal friend she finds "a lost part of India/that Columbus never found." In McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala (India), also known as "Little Tibet," she imagines a path to Tibet's freedom. In "Another Nirvana" she grapples with nostalgia as her memories move between parts of India and Toronto, questioning the meaning of home, departure, and belonging.
- Paperback | 96 pages
- 140 x 208 x 8mm | 136g
- 30 May 2018
- Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.
"Archna Sahni's poems are distinguished by a luminous clarity and eloquence that is charged with passionate imagination. They are energized and enriched by a dual sense of being at home, and not at home, in both Canada and India. Sahni's poetry also authentically infuses psychological realism and self-reflection with a mythic dimension. Its confident invocation of the latter brings the age-old into the present day, at the same time as, in a questioning way, it conveys the endless interchange between the sensuous and spiritual. This is poetry for a global audience." --Allan Briesmaster, author of Against the Flight of Spring and River Neither
About Archna Sahni
Archna Sahni was born in India and made Toronto her home in 1992. She is the author of two collections of poems, First Fire (Yeti, 2005) and Another Nirvana (Mawenzi House, 2018). She is the recipient of the Agha Shahid Ali Prize and received Honourable Mention for the E J Pratt Poetry Prize. She holds an MEd and PhD in English.