In Praise of Fragments

The last book from internationally acclaimed poet Meena Alexander, who passed away in late 2018.



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Weight .5 lbs

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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.

-Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
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ISBN: 9781643620121
Paperback, 116 pages, 6 x 8 in
Publication Date: February 4, 2020

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.”

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Born in Allahabad, India, poet Meena Alexander was raised in Kerala and Sudan. She earned a BA at Khartoum University and a PhD at Nottingham University. Described as “undoubtedly one …

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