A new book of poems by Sasenarine Persaud (Fiction 2006), Lantana Strangling Ixora (Tsar Books 2011), launched at the University of Toronto on October 2, 2011. The launch was part of the Festival of South Asian Literature. The author gave two readings during the festival and participated on a panel discussing Indo-Caribbean Literature. Sase was the recipient of the Leslie Epstein Fellowship for 2005-2006.
Sase’s last book, In a Boston Night (2008) was shortlisted earlier this year for the Guyana Prize for Literature. This book of Boston (and BU) poems is a direct result of his participation in the graduate writing program. His Selected Poems: Unclosed Entrances, has just been published in the UK and Guyana as part of the Guyana Classics Library, which is a collaboration between the University of Warwick and the Government of Guyana.
Sase will be reading from Lantana Strangling Ixora on April 20, 2012, as part of the University of South Florida Reading Series.
His publisher writes that the book “is as much about love and people in and out of relationships as it is about origins and the process of estrangement . . .a collection that displays mastery over nuances of language.”
You can read one of his poems, “Love within Love,” here.