Raw Silk

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Publication Date
July 2004
Page Count
112 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Raw Silk

Meena Alexander
Recipient of 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship

A deeply moving collection from a poet who crosses borders

New York City poet Meena Alexander was born in Allahabad, India and divided her childhood between India and the Sudan. From her cross-cultural perspective, Alexander writes with moving intensity of post-September 11 events as she evokes violence and civil strife, love, despair, and a hard-won hope. This autobiographical cycle of poems reflects the surrealism of such a life, and is shot through with the frissons of pleasure and pain, of beauty and tension, that mark a truly global identity.
About the Author

Meena Alexander, distinguished professor of English at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, is the author of several books of poetry, most recently Illiterate Heart (Northwestern, 2002), winner of a 2002 PEN Open Book Award. Her memoir Fault Lines (Feminist Press, 1993) was one of Publishers Weekly's best books of 1993, and her novel Nampally Road (Mercury House, 1991) was a 1991 Voice Literary Supplement Editor's Choice.

"Raw Silk demonstrates the rare blend of an acute, utterly contemporary intelligence with a sensuality that is, in itself, a radical way of processing information. In its profound and polyglot sense of world citizenship gained through the indelible experience of exile, Meena Alexander has written what is--not at all paradoxically--a book that's quintessentially a New Yorker's. This is a poetry which earns the reader's trust, even, or especially, when the paths it takes in its explorations of the writer's multiple worlds and of the forms poetry can make of them are unexpected."

-Marilyn Hacker, author of Desesperanto: Poems 1999-2002
"Meena Alexander sings of countries, foreign and familiar, places where the heart and spirit live, and places for which one needs a passport and visas. Her voice guides us far away and back home. The reader sees her visions and remembers, and is uplifted."
-Maxine Hong Kingston