Steeped in the language of place, the poems in this collection are stepping-stones from the author’s past to her present, from forgetfulness to remembrance, from unknowing to a deep knowing found only through direct experience. Here, the poet is wayfarer: at each step she sees reminders of the ephemeral and the indelible. All serve as guideposts to cross the threshold of the self.
What people are saying:
Zayn Kassam, Professor of Religious Studies, Pomona College:
“A richly evocative (re)collection in which Janmohamed turns the language of loss into a grammar of Presence. Tracing the movements of her generational forebears through crossings from India to East Africa to North America, this gifted mystic poet reminds us that while our outer journeys bring dislocations too heavy to bear, our inner journeys bring us back to a shattered heart that finds, in its re-membering, healing and wholeness in the present.”
Shafique N Virani, Distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Toronto:
“Stirring poetry . . . wistful and poignant, a magnificent homage to the diasporic experience, one many of us will hear echoing in our own souls.”
Tawhida Tanya Evanson, Author of Book of Wings:
“Lyrics of longing and surrender float down the pages of Sheniz Janmohamed’s startling third collection. Here, ghazals are not just couplets of emotion, free verse is not without
form, these are the precise political unravelling of a human being living on Turtle Island with a heart that beats in Sufic Persia.”
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Sheniz Janmohamed is a firm believer in fostering community through collaboration and creativity. A poet, artist educator, spoken word artist and nature artist, Sheniz is a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program at the University of Guelph. Throughout her career, Sheniz has had the good fortune to mentored by authors Dionne Brand, Kuldip Gill and Janice Kulyk Keefer.
Sheniz is the founder of Questions for Ancestors, a blog that encourages BIPOC writers and artists across Turtle Island to ask questions of their ancestors and provide advice for their descendants. Learn more about her: https://shenizjanmohamed.com/