The last book from internationally acclaimed poet Meena Alexander, who passed away in late 2018.
In Praise of Fragments is a collection of various and inter-related works, including a sequence of poems written about Venetian Jewish poet Sarra Copia Sulam (1592–1641), lyric essays about Venice, a suite of poems about Hyderabad, where Alexander lived for some years, and a series of brief sketches of memoir about her childhood in Kerala, the subject of her groundbreaking memoir Fault Lines. The writings are accompanied by a series of sumi ink drawings by Alexander and an afterword by Leah Souffrant.
These fragments burn the soul with fragrance of love and hope.
Shortly before she died of cancer in 2018, Alexander quit her usual formalism for a freer style that remains alive to history, philosophy and “ordinary earth.”