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Love in a Time of Technology

Sasenarine Persaud

Whether in the heart of downtown Toronto, a bookstore in Boston, the courtyard of the Taj Mahal—through the portals of cyberspace—on the banks of a Tampa river, or a journey through time to Georgetown, an old Caribbean colonial capital, love circumscribes everything. From Indo-Caribbean author, Sasenarine Persaud, Love in a Time of Technology is no wide-eyed outpouring; the poems probe and question concepts and beliefs, poke fun at age, companions taken for granted, and the realization that, like a mannequin in a Manhattan storefront, love is “faceless and, almost, raceless.” If love circumscribes everything, these poems show that everything—economics, politics, ambitions and exiles—also circumscribes love.

"[T]he poet's mastery of the English language is underwritten by ancestral histories and myths. Love is age-old and universal . . . Persaud is a poet of precise language, of the finely-honed meaning . . ."

—Wasafiri

"Persaud's poems are spiced with the imagery of his ancestral India—Hindu gods, rituals, lavish epics, and seductive flowers . . . Persaud seems both haunted and inspired by the notion that America shelters so few who have any true ancestral claim to the place . . . Reading Persaud's verse, it's hard not to feel, and in any way be heartened by, the sense that each one of us is, in one way or another, an exile."

Bostonia

Praise for Lantana Strangling Ixora:

“A diverse and wide-ranging collection of poems . . . explored with his signature wit and skilful mastery of language . . . powerful images of nature are to be found in his accomplished use of metaphor and simile, which often renders the ordinary into something quite extraordinary . . . a finely balanced collection of work which carefully mixes the past with the present without ever resorting to sentimentality or pathos.”
Wasafiri 

“Beguiling . . . masterly control”
Muse India  

“In this collection, Persaud’s elegant poems, though they linger heavily on loss, are quietly reassuring.”
Bostonia  

“Do not look for meaning and logic or even sense in these poems. Just submit yourself to enjoying the craft and the magic that results . . . Lines and stanzas break at seemingly unexpected times as only the accomplished can risk.”
Guyana Times  

 “Persaud is dauntlessly brainy . . . a bit like reading T.S. Eliot mixed up with Rabindranath Tagore . . . Persaud’s poems are unapologetically learned.”
The Halifax Chronicle Herald 

“Scottish poet Kenneth White calls poetry the shortest form of the short story. This is certainly true of this fine collection…both fascinating and challenging, the same way . . . Rabindranauth Tagore [was] fascinating and challenging . . . so many years ago: poems that challenge and make one think . . . ”
Asiatic     

Sasenarine Persaud is an essayist, novelist, short-story writer, and poet. He is the author of ten books: seven poetry collections, two novels, and a book of short stories. He was born in Guyana and has lived for several years in Canada. He has served as a vice-president and chair of the membership committee of the League of Canadian Poets, on the Board of Directors of the Scarborough Arts Council (Toronto), and on juries for the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council. He presently resides in Tampa, Florida.   

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Also by Sasenarine Persaud:
  Canada Geese & Apple Chatney (1998)
  short stories
  paperback
 Out of print
 
  In a Boston Night (2008)
  poetry
  paperback; $16.95
  More
 
  Lantana Strangling Ixora (2011)
  poetry
  paperback; $17.95
  More
 

Poetry
Paperback ISBN:  978-1-927494-43-1    
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$23.95 CAD ordered from US

112 pages
Publication Date:  October 2014

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