Vahni Capildeo's Measures of Expatriation (Carcanet, 2016)

Here are some favourite passages from this dense, rich collection: Had the ecstatic efficiency of its heart thumped to a stop? from "Fire & Darkness: And Also / No Join / Like" Their aura of sociability expanded, spreading with a faint juddering as they drew near. * He was an infant Perseus. He was cause; the rest of the world, effect. * I could not finish the loaf. It was a hungry thing. There was too much time in it. from "Too Solid Flesh" We're readied by being gone again. end of "María Lloró / Blue Sky Tears" The window, who believes in this poem it is the only thing personified; grieving after wholeness.... from "Neomarica Sky Jet" ...a long-lashed essentially solitudinous yet occasiona

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