Train to Agra
Publication Year: 2001
Calling upon two cultures, Vandana Khanna’s Train to Agra meditates on the effects of displacement and expatriation on the construction of a young Indian American woman’s identity. The physical journeys undertaken by the speaker reflect her inner journey from immigrant child to Indian American woman, struggling to find her place between India and America, Krishna and Jesus, samosas and hamburgers. The speaker constantly tries to recapture visions, smells, and sounds of her childhood and her travels, but cannot do so without imagination. Her memory fails her, so through metaphor she invents her past as it should have been. Traveling through her reflections on childhood, fate, faith, death, and belonging, she comes to accept her reality as a construct of lived memories and wished-for fantasies.
Published by: Southern Illinois University Press
Series: Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
A special thanks to Allison Joseph for selecting this manuscript and to those in the M.F.A. program at Indiana University for their constant support and insight, especially: Tenaya Darlington, David Daniels, Karri Offstein, Susan Brown, and Angela Pneuman. ...