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A Dinner Party in the Home Counties (Paperback)

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  • Publication Date: 2019-10-25
<p>This poetry collection explores the diasporic experience of leading a translated life, yearning to belong to a past that one no longer owns and a future that is murky and unclear. There is a sense of melancholic nostalgia in these poems but also a fierce kind of determination to embark on a new beginning and make the best of one's circumstances. The poems are particularly relevant to our times when there is a growing sense of parochialism and hostility towards 'the outsider.' They will resonate with all those who have portable roots and are at home everywhere and nowhere.</p> <p>The poems also portray the emotive minefield of relationships, questioning the ambiguity behind maternal or filial love. Society conditions us to love our parent or child or partner but my poems challenge this by describing the tug of war between a woman's sense of self and the roles she is expected to play.</p> <p>There is an undercurrent of mortality running through some of the poems. A sense of an ending and a reflection on what the passage of time can do to one's dreams and aspirations.</p> <p>*</p> <p><em>Comments by the judges of the Word Masala Debut Poet Award: </em></p> <p> </p> <p>There's a fierce energy in Reshma Ruia's poetry. Her incantatory and conversational tone belies her social and human concerns. Her rhythmic control is amazing, sustained in her assertive voice and language. This debut collection everyone should read--the sooner the better. Captivating!</p> <p><strong>Cyril Dabydeen</strong>, a former <strong>Poet Laureate</strong> of Ottawa (1984-87)</p> <p> </p> <p>Reshma Ruia creates poignant vignettes of common folk dealing with the mundane business of life.</p> <p><em><strong>Parmila Vankateswaran, </strong></em><em> </em>a former <em>poet laureate</em> of Suffolk County, Long Island (2013-15)</p> <p> </p> <p>You will be pleased with discovering award-winning poet Reshma Ruia. Her voice is intimate and confident. Her poetry shines bright. Reshma lures the reader into her world through a vivid imagination. From the empty bed of an accountant to the code of 1947, Reshma's skill is in how she paints pictures with words, which become whole landscapes and scenes in one's imagination. I feel I am reading someone whom everyone will be reading in future. Read her now! </p> <p><strong>Lemn Sissay MBE </strong></p> <p> </p> <p> </p>

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This poetry collection explores the diasporic experience of leading a translated life, yearning to belong to a past that one no longer owns and a future that is murky and unclear. There is a sense of melancholic nostalgia in these poems but also a fierce kind of determination to embark on a new beginning and make the best of one's circumstances. The poems are particularly relevant to our times when there is a growing sense of parochialism and hostility towards 'the outsider.' They will resonate with all those who have portable roots and are at home everywhere and nowhere.

The poems also portray the emotive minefield of relationships, questioning the ambiguity behind maternal or filial love. Society conditions us to love our parent or child or partner but my poems challenge this by describing the tug of war between a woman's sense of self and the roles she is expected to play.

There is an undercurrent of mortality running through some of the poems. A sense of an ending and a reflection on what the passage of time can do to one's dreams and aspirations.

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Comments by the judges of the Word Masala Debut Poet Award:

There's a fierce energy in Reshma Ruia's poetry. Her incantatory and conversational tone belies her social and human concerns. Her rhythmic control is amazing, sustained in her assertive voice and language. This debut collection everyone should read--the sooner the better. Captivating!

Cyril Dabydeen, a former Poet Laureate of Ottawa (1984-87)

Reshma Ruia creates poignant vignettes of common folk dealing with the mundane business of life.

Parmila Vankateswaran, a former poet laureate of Suffolk County, Long Island (2013-15)

You will be pleased with discovering award-winning poet Reshma Ruia. Her voice is intimate and confident. Her poetry shines bright. Reshma lures the reader into her world through a vivid imagination. From the empty bed of an accountant to the code of 1947, Reshma's skill is in how she paints pictures with words, which become whole landscapes and scenes in one's imagination. I feel I am reading someone whom everyone will be reading in future. Read her now!

Lemn Sissay MBE

A Dinner Party in the Home Counties (Paperback)

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Publisher
Skylark Publications UK
Book Format
Paperback
Number of Pages
64
Author
Reshma Ruia
ISBN-13
9780956084064
Publication Date
October, 2019
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
0956084060

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