New Book: Lantana Strangling Ixora by Sasenarine Persaud

Name of the book: Lantana Strangling Ixora

Author: Sasenarine Persaud

Publisher: Tsar Books

What's the book about? "This collection is as much about love and people in and out of relationships as it is about origins and the process of estrangement. The lantana is a flower of South American origin, and the ixora of Asian origin. The lantana, a creeper that grows profusely, often engulfing other plants, provides a ready metaphor for the consciousness of the Americas overcoming that of India in the Americas—the mainstreaming and divesting of yoga from its Indian origins being the most visible manifestation."

Why am I reading the book? Coupled with his knowledge of classic Indian mythology, Persaud uses metaphors with a keen understanding of their limits as well as their ability to communicate complex emotional states. The tragedy of the Indian diaspora and the loss of vibrant histories are balanced only by his urbane wit and compassion.

Quote from the book:

There were times in the morning
we questioned the bloom
of the previous evening, watering
canna lilies, clearing the live oaks'
acorns from our white wrought iron bench.

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