By Vanesha Pravin
Cambridge, MA, 2008
Midsummer. ultimately, you're used to disappointment.
A child touches phlox. Many mess ups, many botched attempts,
A little luck in unforeseen kinds. this is often how the remaining will go:
The gravel raked, bricks ashen, bees fattened–honey now not for babes.
All straight away, a rustling, entire timber in shudder, clouds pulled
Westward. you're neither the following nor there, neither correct nor
Wrong. the realm is detached, bored with your insistence.
Garter snakes swallow frogs. The earthworms coil.
On your hands, the residue of purple pistils. What have you ever made?
What have you ever stored alive? eco-friendly, a mystery, occult,
Grass veining the palms. Someone’s child toddling.
And the phlox white. For now. Midsummer.
A striking first booklet, Disorder tells the tale, through turns poignant and outrageous, of a family’s dislocation over 4 continents in the course of the process 100 years. briefly lyrics and longer narrative poems, Vanesha Pravin takes readers on a kaleidoscopic trek, from Bombay to Uganda, from England to Massachusetts and North Carolina, tracing the trail of familial love, obsession, and the passage of time as filtered in the course of the perceptions of kinfolk and a number of assisting characters, together with ubiquitous paparazzi, amorous vicars, and a doubtful polygamist. We event all through a speaker cast by means of a deep understanding of intergenerational, multicontinental realization. right away international and private, crossing ethnic, linguistic, and nationwide obstacles in ways in which few books of poetry do, Disorder bristles with quiet authority sponsored by means of a skeptical intelligence.
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