Poetry. These poems explore the meaning of home and belonging and a search for transcendence through love and art. They reflect on what it means to live between cultures and continents, question traditional female roles, ponder over the role of art in life. The poet's search for home leads her to different places: in her aboriginal friend she finds "a lost part of India / that Columbus never found." In McLeod Ganj, also known as "Little Tibet," she imagines a path to Tibet's freedom. In "Another Nirvana" she grapples with nostalgia as her memories move between parts of India and Toronto, questioning the meaning of home, departure, and belonging.
India, home, nostalgia
Archna Sahni was born in India and made Toronto her home in 1992. Her debut collection of poems, First Fire, was highly praised. She is the recipient of the Agha Shahid Ali Prize and received Honourable Mention for the E J Pratt Poetry Prize. She holds an MEd and PhD in English.Author City: MISSISSAUGA, ON CAN