Poetry. Introduction by Linda Hutcheon. HOW TO DANCE IN THIS RAREFIED AIR offers select and new poems setting out Rienzi Crusz's journey as a poet writing in Canada since the 1970s. It offers a poetics fashioned to meet the demands of writing on the cusp between two worlds, hence the songs of exile, the idioms of defiance and survival, a poetry meeting the existential concerns of the immigrant encounter. But Crusz has gone beyond the theme of mere displacement, by confronting themes such as love, politics, nature, God, and poetics itself. And always there remains the self-conscious, bordering on the postmodern, and, above all, a delightful irony.
"Arguably the best living Sri Lankan poet in English" (World Literature Today), and compared to Walcott and Soyinka, Rienzi Crusz came to Canada in 1965. He was educated at the Universities of Ceylon, London, Toronto, and Waterloo, where he was also the Reference Librarian. He is the author of twelve volumes of poetry and has been widely published in periodicals and anthologies. He lives in Waterloo.Author City: Waterloo, ON CAN