Winner of the 2002 PEN Open Book Award
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 visits with her while she speaks on the phone in her New York apartment, and in another she evokes fellow-poet Allen Ginsberg in the India she herself has left behind. Drawing on the fascinating images and languages of her dual life, Alexander deftly weaves together contradictory geographies, thoughts, and feelings.
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Review: Illiterate Heart: PoemsUser Review - James - Goodreads
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 ... Read full review
Review: Illiterate Heart: PoemsUser Review - Goodreads
This is a beautiful series of poems.
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