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Insurgent Rain

by (author) Rienzi Crusz

selected by Chelva Kanaganayakam

Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.
Initial publish date
Nov 2014
Canadian, General
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    Nov 2014
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A definitive edition that brings together the best from the published poetry of Rienzi Crusz, who has been called "arguably the best living Sri Lankan poet in English." (World Literature Today). Crusz is also very much a poet of exile, who speaks about ice in the northern outdoors and in the climate of the heart, reporting to God about his recent whereabouts surrounded by his umbrella of children, concocting his world of cinnabar and basmati even as he spins out dark antonyms in his paradise and finds that glint of pleasure in his snowbound Canadian surroundings. At all times Crusz displays that gift of language and image in "batik profusion" for which he has come to be admired.

The poems in this collection have been selected and thematically arranged by Chelva Kanaganayakam, who provides a cultural introduction to the work.

About the authors

Rienzi Crusz's profile page

Chelva Kanaganayakam is currently an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Toronto. His publications include Structures of Negation: The Writings of Zulfikar Ghose (1993); Configurations of Exile: South Asian Writers and Their World (1995) and Dark Antonyms and Paradise: The Poetry of Rienzi Crusz (1997).

Chelva Kanaganayakam's profile page

Editorial Reviews

". . . a true poet of the displaced self, with sorrow beneath its bemused surface." -Zulfikar Ghose

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