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After the Battle of Kingsway, the Bees: A Review

Many thanks to Calgary poet, editor, and Touch the Donkey contributor Nikki Sheppy for reviewing my chapbook After the Battle of Kingsway, the Bees, in the latest issue of filling Station (“the small press issue!”) A snippet:

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Bees, not moths, figure in Renée Sarojini Saklikar’s butter-coloured chapbook, After the Battle of Kingsway, the Bees—from above/ground press. The 15-page suite is an excerpt from volume 2 of Saklikar’s ongoing long work about place and identity, thecanadaproject—from which her first book, Children of Air India, un/authorized exhibits and interjections, also draws…”

You can read the review at above/ground press HERE.


Featured Reviews

A Review of After the Battle of Kingsway, the bees

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Image from above/ground press.

Thanks to Subterranean Blue Poetry for doing a review of my chapbook, After the Battle of Kingsway, the bees:

“…The long poem begins in aftermath, perhaps a broken love affair, an argument, escalated into war, has ceded into the depths of time. A fascinating play with language and concepts, the images of bees hover in the background as if painted into different dimensions of time overlapping, the poem works on different levels, as if in parallel realities. In the work, bee images surface, sometimes as if the protagonists in the story are bees and there are images of bees, the inside of nests, the making of wax enclaves for honey. A magic symbol in pagan mythology, symbolizing the productivity of the community, fertility and royal enclaves, the imagery weaves an allusion to bloodlines and the tenacity of the human spirit in adversity. As if a comment on the strained cultural way of the West during the Industrialized Economy and the ensuing violence in personal relationships with whispers of the reclaiming of Holy Spirit tenets and cultural knowledge in the New Computerized Society beginning to recreate peace…”

Read the Review Here

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Where the Nights are Twice as Long Review

Where the Nights are Twice as Long, A  Review

Vancouver Island poet Mary Ann Moore reviews Where the Nights are Twice as Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poetsan intriguing anthology edited by David Eso and Jeanette Lynes:

“As the letters, poems, emails and texts in this collection are grouped according to the age of the poets at the time of writing, poets and their eras collide. And what grand collisions they are. The book is rich in loss and endings, longevity and, no matter what the age, erotic and sometimes erratic explorations in the realm of love.”

– The Vancouver Sun

Honoured to be a contributor along with many outstanding Canadian poets, including, (and this is just a sampling!): Christine Lowther, Howard White, Ivan E. CoyoteBetsy Warland,  Evelyn Lau, Susan Musgrave, Patrick LaneGeorge Bowering and Al Purdy.

Read the review here

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A review by rob mclennan

A review by rob mclennan:

For such a weighty subject matter, Saklikar’s thoughtful questioning works through language as much as it does through subject, managing a playful display of sound and shape, allowing form and function to ebb and flow, strike and slice as required…”

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A Review by Quill and Quire

“[children of air india] is a testament, both vulnerable and damning… Saklikar wrestles with vast, devastating emotions, while at the same time gently cradling individual lives, allowing them to stand as their own record of loss.”

– Natalie Zina Walschots

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A micro-review of children of air india, by Canadian Poetries

A micro-review of children of air india, by Canadian Poetries:

A collage of fact and imagination, this book, because of Saklikar’s insight, compassion and poetic skill, delves into and transcends private grief to tell a crucial public story, one brimming with implications and questions for all of us.”

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Offering words for the unspeakable

Offering words for the unspeakable, from the Vancouver Sun:

For traumas on the scale of Air India, Saklikar serves as a poetguide who can help us relive the Air India trauma in a way that offers true healing. Filled with layers of meaning and often challenging, Saklikar’s masterpiece brings out universal themes of suffering as she lets specific details of the facts and her imagination emerge. Each section is poetically surprising and penetrating. She integrates the fragments. She offers words for the unspeakable.”

-Ingrid Söchting

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