River and Bridge

In this new collection we are privy to the full and variegated display of Meena Alexander’s poetry.

“Meena Alexander’s imagination thrives in the active cross-fertilization of cultures and genres. In this collection we are privy to the full and variegated display of her poetry.”
–Marilyn Chin

“The river and the bridge are ultimately the same. Just as New York City and Delhi merge in the body and imagination of a woman making poetry near the end of an age, Meena Alexander eloquently leads to the conclusion of this fine collection with: ‘There is no grief like this / the origin of lanscape is mercy.’ These poems are the journey we take with her to know this, utterly.”
Joy Harjo

“Meena Alexander is one of the finest Indian poets writing today.
–Keki N. Daruwalla

“The next time someone suggests poetry cannot honestly deal with the real news of the world I will raise the name of Meena Alexander and this fine book like a flag–or a prayer.”
–Cornelius Eady


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Publication Date: 1996

Paperback ISBN: 978-0-920661-56-7
Page size: 5.75″ x 8.75″
88 pages

Meena Alexander was born in India and raised there and in North Africa. Her work has appeared widely in journals in the United States, Canada, England, and India and has also been translated into several languages, including Italian and German. She published several volumes of poetry, including Night Scene, the Garden. Her novel Nampally Road (1991) was aVLS Editor’s Choice and her memoir Fault Lines was published in 1993.