The Heart of It
Seni Seneviratne is a widely acclaimed poet and creative artist of English and Sri Lankan heritage. She is the author of Wild Cinnamon and Winter Skin, and her latest collection is The Heart of It.
Seni Seneviratne
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United Kingdom
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16 Apr 2012

Poet Mimi Khalvati writes:
‘The movement of Seni Seneviratne’s second collection, The Heart of It, is two-fold, like that of the heart: here is a poet able to combine the personal in enchanting lyrics of desire with the political in poems that, through imaginative power, portray other lives – marginalised, brutalised, lost – as genuinely as her own. Seni speaks to us in a voice always natural, engaging, never pushing beyond the limits of authentic feeling but staying true to lived experience and, despite loss or heartache, always open to the outside world and its windows on the heart. The Heart of It is a tender, moving collection, full of passionate intensity and an unswerving faith in the power of reconciliation and love.’ 

Seni Seneviratne smiling, wearing a grey striped top and glasses

Seni Seneviratne

Seni Seneviratne is the author of three earlier collections: Wild Cinnamon and Winter Skin, The Heart of It and Unknown Soldier – a National Poetry Day Choice. Her poem, A Wider View, is featured in the AQA GCSE syllabus, and she is widely published in anthologies and magazines, including 100 Queer Poems (Penguin), The Rialto and New England Review. . She collaborates with film-makers, visual artists, musicians and digital artists, is a fellow of the Complete Works programme, and one of ten commissioned writers on the Colonial Countryside Project.
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