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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
United Kingdom
Date published
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.’ 

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Seni Seneviratne

Seni Seneviratne, born and raised in Leeds, Yorkshire is of English and Sri Lankan heritage. Her work as a poet and creative artist is widely acclaimed. She has given readings, performances and workshops in UK, Canada, South Africa, USA and Egypt. Her performances are a delicate mix of spoken word and folk/jazz song: “She holds the room transfixed, reading poems about the Indies that Columbus never found, about war and love, her ancient grandmother. And she sings- a capella, sweet, strong and clear, folk-tinged numbers that take all the air out the room, and make everyone shiver…

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