Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. Women's Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. The poems in A SAMURAI'S PINK HOUSE are threaded with the transformation of the seasons from Matsuo Basho's travels to a love affair between a kabuki cross-dresser and a lonely geisha and the struggles of women in ancient and modern-day Japan. The collection takes the reader on a journey through the fascinating culture of Japan with graceful and accessible language. A sensuous, powerful and beautiful collection that moves across rice fields, tea houses, cherry orchards and narrow alleys where characters, in different stages of life, strive to find identity, peace and love.
Sonia Saikaley was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, to a large Lebanese family. The daughter of a shopkeeper, she had access to all the treats she wanted. Her first book, The Lebanese Dishwasher, co-won the 2012 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest. Her first collection of poetry, TURKISH DELIGHT, MONTREAL WINTER, was published in 2012 and a second collection, A SAMURAI'S PINK HOUSE, was published in 2017 by Inanna Publications. She is currently working on a novel called Jasmine Season on Hamra Street. THE ALLSPICE BATH (Inanna Publications, 2019) is her latest book. A graduate of the Humber School for Writers, she lives in her hometown of Ottawa. In the past, she worked as an English teacher in Japan.Author City: OTTAWA, ON CAN