Raman Mundairís second collection of poems sees her expanding her territory to create a new poetic geography. Her voice dances with her love for the language and life of the Shetland Islands through the anguish of war to the movement of people and the crossing of boundaries. She brings to all a combination of passion and compassion, sensitivity and sensuality.
The collection encompasses poems written in the Shetland dialect, narratives of thwarted desire and a sequence of poems which explore the dynamics and historical by-ways of the waltz.
Raman Mundair is a poet with an irresistible voice -- polyphonic, audacious, engaged. She says the unsayable with disarming eloquence and panache. Not only the ink on these pages is 'luminous'; the ideas also are.
'I am once again struck by what a stunningly dangerous poet Raman is....this collection daringly juxtaposes the personal with the political. Once again, the emotional rawness of her first collection is exquisitely evidenced here, as she interrogates the imaginary boundaries of culture and risks exposing the vagaries of migrant existence in these simple but never simplistic pieces. She introduces readers to the starkness of ancient Shetland with a playful syntax that honours the selkie traditions of these far northern islands.'
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Raman Mundair is a writer and artist. She was born in Ludhiana, India and came to live in the UK at the age of five. She is the author of two volumes of poetry, A Choreographerís Cartography and Lovers, Liars, Conjurers and Thieves