Professor meena alexander, of the graduate writing program, has just had her latest book of poems, atmospheric embroidery, published in india. Jul 29, 2004 new york city poet meena alexander was born in allahabad, india and divided her childhood between india and the sudan. This segment first aired on cuny tvs study with the best, august 23, 2015. Meena alexanders literary career began early, at the tender age of ten, when she began writing poetry. After a poetry reading, she is asked what kind of house she would make out of her poetry. Born in allahabad, india, and raised in india and sudan, alexander lives and works in new york city, where she is distinguished professor of english at hunter college and at the cuny graduate center in the phd program in english. The works of the indian women poets are powerful eyeopeners to social reality. Meena alexander was born in allahabad, india, in 1951. Jan 25, 2005 buy the hardcover book indian love poems by meena alexander at indigo. From her crosscultural perspective, alexander writes with moving intensity of postseptember 11 events as she evokes violence and civil strife, love, despair, and a hardwon hope. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books youve read.
Meena alexander is one of the foremost diasporic poets today. Alexander taught at the university of hyderabad, columbia university, and al quds university, and was a national fellow at the indian institute for advanced study, shimla. To meena alexander, the question of home is bound with a migrant memory and the way that poetry permits a dwelling at the edge of the world poem out of place 1. Meena alexander indian poet and teacher britannica. The academy of american poets is the largest membershipbased nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting american poets. Diasporic sensibility in the poetry of meena alexander and. Described as undoubtedly one of the finest poets of contemporary times by the statesman india, she was the author of numerous collections of. Critical essays on meena alexander, we explore the ways in which alexander transforms the intimate genres of the lyric and the memoir to forms that further her project of poetry as public activism, while creating a new hybrid poetic form, which fuses the western. Meena alexander poems poems of meena alexander poem. She achieved the cohesive design of content and form in her psychological poems and novels and brings a thought provoking harmony over different streams of. Her writing is lyrical, pageant and sensual, dealing with large themes including ethnic intolerance, terrorism, fanaticism and interracial tensions. Meena alexander reads three poems from her new collection, atmospheric embroidery, published by northwestern university press in june.
Indian love poems, book by meena alexander hardcover. Books by meena alexander author of indian love poems. Pdf meena alexander and american identity stephanie han. In this collection, meena alexander gives us an atlas of poems, a book threaded with the silk of her life experience. Meena alexander, women studies, south asian american poetry, fault lines, third space, ethnic. Nov 21, 2018 meena alexander was an internationally acclaimed poet, scholar, and writer. Aug 26, 2015 a profile of poet and literary scholar meena alexander. Each thing rings its turn you sang in my ear a slip of a thing. She is distinguished professor of english at hunter college and the graduate center cuny.
Professor alexander was recently interviewed by saket suman, of the statesman, a major indian newspaper. Phenomenal woman, still i rise, the road not taken, if you forget me, dreams. Described as undoubtedly one of the finest poets of contemporary times by the statesman india, she was the author of numerous collections of poetry. Meena alexander, born as mary elizabeth, is another most significant, vibrant and noted poet of the time who shows deep concern for the feminist. She lived in new york city for many years, where she was distinguished. With their intense lyricism, meena alexanders poems convey the fragmented experience of the traveler, for whom home is both nowhere and. Pdf faultlines a journey through meena alexanders life.
Faultlines a journey through meena alexanders life, conflicts and adjustments with the host society as a result of multiple dislocations. Meena alexander has 36 books on goodreads with 3173 ratings. Nov 21, 2018 meena alexander, indian poet and teacher whose works reflect her multicultural life in india, sudan, and the united states. Place and memory in meena alexanders memoir and poems. It has also to do with the kind of shelter that poets can make with words. Distinguished professor meena alexander gchunter, english has been called undoubtedly one of the finest poets in contemporary times. Professor meena alexanders latest book of poems published in. Like many of meena alexanders poems, the storm is largely about displacement. Like all other poets, meena alexanders poems also deal with the themes of love.
Alexander herself was a child of many homesindia, sudan, europe, the united statesand the struggles of. Two poems, by meena alexander world literature today. Meena alexander the significance of rameezas suffering in the novel rameeza be was a little woman who lived in a mountain village near hyderabad. Only a few survive if that poems i mean, paper crumpled. The 1990s saw a tremendous growth in the fields of postcolonial literature and theory, as well as in the field of us ethnic studies, which includes asian american and more specifically south asian american studies. I watch you darkly growing towards me, the last glinting of arms and the cupped tense belly. Meena alexander has recently published her eighth book of poems, atmospheric embroidery. Anna sujatha mathai writes about the poem mysteriously. Alexander, poetics of dislocation 4 abstract in the criticism, prose, poetry.
Years later she pinched herself awake hearing words in a foreign language, books she longed to read, smudged with sunlight. Indian love poems everymans library pocket poets by meena. Meena alexander 17 february 1951 21 november 2018 was an indian poet, scholar, and. An expanded version of atmospheric embroidery is forthcoming from triquarterly books northwestern university press in spring 2018. Indian love poems is a unique gathering of poems from across more than two and a half millennia that attempts to catalog the disordered ecstasies of love, ranging from the kama sutra and earlier works up to presentday india and the poets of the indian diaspora. A profile of poet and literary scholar meena alexander. At the beginning of poetics of dislocation, meena alexander provides a telling anecdote. Many poems penned by the women poets highlight the plight of women in india.
Field in summer i had a simple childhood, a mother and father to take care of me, no war at my doorstep. Birth place with buried stones, one of meena alxenaders. She earned a ba at khartoum university and a phd at nottingham university. My article addresses precisely the relation between geography and writing in meena alexanders poetry and essay collections the shock of arrival 1996 and.
She cut off all her hair, scampered down a staircase, skinned her knees. Described as undoubtedly one of the finest poets of contemporary times by the statesman india, she was the author. Born in allahabad, india, and raised in india and sudan, alexander lived and worked in new york city, where she was distinguished professor of english at hunter college and at the cuny graduate center in the phd program in english. Most of them use poetry as a common weapon to fight against patriarchy an female subjugation.
Diasporic experience in the poetry of meena alexander. Meena alexander 17 february 1951 21 november 2018 was an indian poet, scholar, and writer. Sep 18, 2017 poem hunter all poems of by meena alexander poems. Each thing rings its turn, you sang in my ear, a slip of a thing dressed like a convent girlwhite socks, shoes, dark blue pinafore, white blouse. Free shipping and pickup in store on eligible orders. Diasporic sensibility in the poetry of meena alexander and sujata bhatt when the time came for her to learn all the knowledge from her past lives returned to her, as wild geese in autumn to the ganga river. Meena alexander born 1951 is an internationally acclaimed poet, scholar, and writer. Her poetry collections include atmospheric embroidery triquarterly books, 2018. Meena alexanders most popular book is charlie chan is dead. She has published several volumes of poetry and been widely. Meena alexander and american identity st e p h a n i e h a n downloaded. Meena alexander is an eminent poet and one of the finest thinkers of asian american aesthetics. Professor meena alexanders poetry is in the new yorker. Born in allahabad, india, poet meena alexander was raised in kerala and sudan.
One of her latest poems, kochi by the sea, appears in the february 12 and 19 edition of the new yorker and you can hear alexander read her poem on the the new yorker website. Stones sang canticles in my mouth as darkness rose. But nothing has happened except that you have grown older. Whether youve loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them. Her volume of poems atmospheric embroidery triquarterly booksnorthwestern u press and the anthology she edited name me a word. Meena alexander is one of the most brilliant and subtle writer who has described the meeting of eastern and western culture. India, poet meena alexander was raised in kerala and sudan. Pdf this study examines the conflicts and adjustments that the indo american poetwriter meena alexander had to go through due to multiple. Her poems are intensely self conscious and with minimum of words, she evokes layers of meaning. Alexander is known for lyric poetry that deals with migration, its impact on the subjectivity of. When you undress, i sit seeing the colours of the clothes you slip over your head. Alexander is currently a professor at hunter college and the graduate center of the city university of new york and still takes trips back to kerala annually.958 1302 744 431 227 983 137 618 981 1096 907 1297 736 1568 978 705 576 398 1503 813 464 556 697 1198 1554 1012 1193 1328 844 1024 1197 153 917 715 713 1342 848