The Million-petalled Flower of Being Here

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Pub Date: 06/20/2019

Pages: 64

Publisher: Bloodaxe Books

Imprint: Bloodaxe Books

ISBN 13: 9781780374765

ISBN 10: 1780374763

Price: $16.95

Category: POETRY / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh

The Million-petalled Flower of Being Here

By Vidyan Ravinthiran

Price: $16.95

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Paperback

About the Book

Vidyan Ravinthiran’s second collection is a book of sonnets for his wife. These are love poems that turn analytical, consider the world, and in which the pronoun 'we' aspires to stand for a larger community, including (if you like) readers themselves. Many describe life in the North East for a mixed-race couple, considering both the redemptive force of love and the cultural origins of our discontent. Brexit; racist and sexist abuse; class; our work-life balance, and our relationship with institutions (be it our employer, or the NHS); taboos surrounding mental health; civil war in Sri Lanka; media representation of minorities; immigrant anxieties: these poems look inward, but also outward. Worrying at the link between society and our private lives, they scorn a politics which would put us all in separate boxes. Love, and imagination, may not conquer all, but as recent shocks suggest, ‘we’ must at least try to understand people different to us. Shortlisted for the 2019 Forward Prize for Best Collection, the collection is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

About the Book

Ravinthiran’s second collection is a book of sonnets for his wife. These are love poems that turn analytical, consider the world, and stand for a larger community, including readers themselves. Many describe life in the North-East England for a mixed-race couple, considering both the redemptive force of love and the cultural origins of our discontent.