Thank you to the amazingly beautiful Robyn Hood Black of Life On The Deckle Edge for hosting this week.
The Million-Petalled Flower Of Being Here (Amazon | Book Depository)
Poetry by: Vidyan Ravinthiran Published by Bloodaxe Books (2019)
ISBN13: 9781780374765 Book photo taken by me.
I have come across the poem of Vidyan Ravinthiran on Facebook a year ago, and it struck me as especially powerful, providing a visceral effect on me with its unflinching truth. While I am not sure whether this particular poem entitled As A Child is included in the poetry collection above – short-listed for the T. S. Eliot Prize – allow me to share it with you here. I believe that it fits our current reading theme to a T.
When I googled Ravinthiran as part of this post, I discovered that he is an Associate Professor at Harvard, grew up in Leeds as a child of Sri Lankan Tamil immigrants, and was educated at Oxford and Cambridge. I invite you to get to know his poetry more, and learn more about “the avid void of English.”
I also found this youtube link of him reading a poem from The Million-Petalled Flower Of Being Here. You’re welcome.