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Birthplace with Buried Stones
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With their intense lyricism, Meena Alexander’s poems convey the fragmented experience of the traveler, for whom home is both nowhere and everywhere. The landscapes she evokes, whether reading Bashō in the Himalayas, or walking a city street, hold echoes of otherness. Place becomes a palimpsest, composed of layer upon layer of memory, dream, and desire. There are poems of love and poems of war—we see the rippling effects of violence and dislocation, of love and its aftermath. The poems in Birthplace with Buried Stones range widely over time and place, from Alexander’s native India to New York City. We see traces of mythology, ritual, and other languages. Uniquely attuned to life in a globalized world, Alexander’s poetry is an apt guide, bringing us face to face with the power of a single moment and its capacity to evoke the unseen and unheard.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 8-11
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  1. Experimental Geography
  2. pp. 3-13
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  1. I
  2. pp. 14-15
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  1. Morning Ritual
  2. pp. 7-16
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  1. Lychees
  2. pp. 8-17
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  1. Red Bird
  2. pp. 9-18
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  1. Bryant Park
  2. pp. 10-19
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  1. Near Sendai
  2. pp. 11-20
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  1. Bamboo
  2. pp. 12-21
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  1. Suite 19, Viceregal Lodge
  2. pp. 13-22
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  1. Landscape with Ghost
  2. pp. 14-15
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  1. Lady Dufferin’s Terrace
  2. pp. 16-17
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  1. Lady Dufferin Writes to Her Mother
  2. pp. 18-19
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  1. II
  2. pp. 30-31
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  1. June Air
  2. pp. 23-32
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  1. Sun, Stone
  2. pp. 24-25
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  1. In the Garden of Freemasons
  2. pp. 26-27
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  1. Landscape with Kurinji Flowers
  2. pp. 28-37
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  1. Damage
  2. pp. 29-34
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  1. Cantata for a Riderless Horse
  2. pp. 35-40
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  1. Mother, Windblown
  2. pp. 41-45
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  1. Boy from Rum
  2. pp. 46-47
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  1. Nocturnal with Ghostly Landscape on St. Lucy’s Day
  2. pp. 48-59
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  1. Jerusalem Poems
  2. pp. 60-61
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  1. Teatro Olimpico
  2. pp. 53-62
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  1. Nocturne
  2. pp. 54-63
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  1. Cobblestones and Heels
  2. pp. 55-56
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  1. Indian Hospice
  2. pp. 57-58
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  1. Garden in Nazareth
  2. pp. 59-61
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  1. Impossible Grace
  2. pp. 62-63
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  1. Mamilla Cemetery
  2. pp. 64-69
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  1. House of Clouds
  2. pp. 71-80
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  1. Song for Isaac
  2. pp. 72-81
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  1. III
  2. pp. 82-83
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  1. La Prima Volta
  2. pp. 75-84
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  1. Autobiography
  2. pp. 76-85
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  1. Water Crossing
  2. pp. 77-78
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  1. Summer Splendor
  2. pp. 79-80
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  1. Migrant Memory
  2. pp. 81-83
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  1. For My Father, Karachi 1947
  2. pp. 84-85
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  1. Birthplace with Buried Stones
  2. pp. 86-88
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  1. Question Time
  2. pp. 89-98
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  1. Afterwards, Your Loneliness
  2. pp. 90-91
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  1. Plot of Tiger Lilies
  2. pp. 92-93
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  1. Lost Garden
  2. pp. 94-96
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  1. Stump Work
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  1. Star Drift
  2. pp. 101-110
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  1. Graduation 1949
  2. pp. 102-103
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  1. Reading Imru’ al-Qays on the Subway
  2. pp. 104-106
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  1. On Indian Road
  2. pp. 107-109
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  1. Elegy
  2. pp. 110-111
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  1. Stone Bridge
  2. pp. 112-121
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  1. Snow
  2. pp. 113-122
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  1. Sita’s Abduction with Shadow Puppets
  2. pp. 114-127
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  1. Red Boat
  2. pp. 119-129
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 121-123
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 125-127
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