Understan is a reflective journey through what lies below the surface of a man's life. Crossing continents in space and decades in time, it uses memory and the minutiae of daily life to unravel the experiences of love and death. It examines belief and superstition, does not hesitate to pray, and takes delight in the sight of elders, lovers, and children. In Understan, the poet is lost but holds the map to everywhere.
Gavin Barrett was born in Bombay and lived in Hong Kong for several years before immigrating to Canada with his wife and daughters. His poetry has been published in India and in Canada.