New Book: Immortelle and Bhandaaraa Poems by Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming
Immortelle and Bhandaaraa Poems
By Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming
Published by Proverse Hong Kong
Distributed by The Chinese University Press
2011 210 × 148 mm 176 pages
ISBN 978-988-19321-3-6 Paperback US$20
Immortelle and Bhandaaraa Poems is Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming's second collection of poetry. It was shortlisted for the inaugural international Proverse Prize.
Inspired by the Hindu philosophy of reincarnation, many of the poems in this new collection are written in memory of loved ones. But, in the same way that the orange and red flowers of the Immortelle tree flame the forests and plains of Trinidad, these poems are brightened with imagery of hope and rebirth.
Manoo-Rahming's Immortelle and Bhandaaraa Poems is filled with scenes from the poet's physical landscape which spans the Caribbean: from The Bahamas, her present home, to Trinidad, the land of her birth. The language of these sensual poems is a syncretism of her East Indian-derived Bhojpuri Hindi and her Trinbagonian creole, peppered with nuances of the Bahamian vernacular. This syncretism is reflected in the themes of the poems. Although many of the poems deal with Indo-Caribbean anthropology, the collection embraces other cultures and religions which are present in the Caribbean, and speaks to the fluidity in philosophy that can exist and flourish in such plural societies.
Please follow this link to order Immortelle and Bhandaaraa Poems : The Chinese University Press.
About Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming:
Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming was born in Trinidad. She is married to Bahamian, Hammond Rahming, and makes her home in Nassau, The Bahamas. She is a practicing Mechanical/Building Services Engineer, a poet, fiction and creative non-fiction writer and essayist. She also expresses her creativity and seeks enlightenment through sculpture, drawing and painting.