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An Extraordinary Achievement of Excellence as a Poet
Phinder Dulai’s critically acclaimed poetry collection dream / arteries (Talonbooks) was published in 2014. He is the author of two previous books of poetry: Ragas from the Periphery (Arsenal Pulp Press, 1995) and Basmati Brown (Nightwood Editions, 2000). Dulai lives in Surrey, BC, Canada and comes from a Punjabi background. Dulai has been touring dream / arteries since 2014, and has toured in both Canada and the USA, giving readings at universities, festivals and reading series. He currently works as a consulting editor for Talon Books and Curator of the Floor 9 Arts Salon for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada in Vancouver, BC. Dulai was a co-
Patrons: Lord Parekh & Lord Dholakia
Word Masala Award
a room brims
consider another weave
and “other” narrative
each broken piece, our soul healed
by the iridescent fall light
walk toward no conclusion
to drift in silence to the floor of the maple tree in late autumn
dreaming toward its own veined humanity
both are inexplicably linked
grandmother’s soft and fleshy palm
placed on forehead
her head tipped forward brushes against your brow
offers a word
continue to live
Poetry continues to move me towards a meaningful life. There are reasons for writing a poem; I convey through words, through form and the under-
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Really nice book, many many immediately touching and evocative moments. Like any good poetry collection, it would take more reading, closer reading, to fully appreciate it. The Komagata Maru section is really quite amazing, but I had deeper personal responses to some of the other ones. I look forward to returning to this collection soon.
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Guest Editor’s Comment
Phinder is the Vancouver-
The selection offered here is broadly illustrative of Phinder’s style and preoccupations in his verse.
“Presence” is an intimate poem that straddles two worlds of literary experience – one is an ephemeral lightness of being disconnected from one’s past, and the other is the weight of the historical past that weighs on the troubled present.
Phinder uses the Imagist approach to language to bring the reader to a place of solace and knowing embodied in Mataji conferring her blessings on her grandchildren.
Last year, I had the pleasure of meeting Phinder at the Matwaala poetry festival in Austin, Texas, where he presented an audio-
Saleem Peeradina's latest collection of poems, Final Cut, is published by Valley Press. See below for the links to its reviews.
Other books by the poet:
Ragas From The Periphery: