Observing the Moon

Observing the Moon


by Sneha Madhavan-Reese 

Paperback (Strike Fire/Poetry)
7.5" x 5.25" · 88 pages
Release Date: November 2015
ISBN 9781926710358

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Sneha Madhavan-Reese is an exciting new voice in the Canadian poetry scene. Madhavan-Reese’s imagery is lyric, potent and painterly, creating sensory experiences that shimmer with light and humanity while probing the darkness of a sometimes paradoxical world. Perhaps the most moving work in the book concerns the journey of a new mother and her reconnection with the changed world. These poems of family and generational memory are incisive, mature, confident, and savvy in their awareness of the multiple contradictions of cultural desire.

“…clever, brazen and playful… There’s a peacefulness within this collection that makes it very accessible and highly enjoyable.” —Kerri Cull, in her judge’s comments for the Alfred G. Bailey Prize


Sneha Madhavan-Reese

Sneha’s poems have appeared in literary journals in Canada and the US, including Arc, Descant, The New Quarterly, and The Antigonish Review. Her debut poetry collection, Observing the Moon, was a finalist for the 2013 Alfred G. Bailey Prize and is forthcoming from Hagios Press in Fall 2015 as part of their Strike Fire New Authors Series. In 2015, her poem "Rosa Parks" won Arc Poetry Magazine's Diana Brebner Prize, and her poem "Design Theory" won the Editor's Dad's Choice award in CV2 magazine's 2-day poem contest. Two of her poems, "Robert Pinsky" and "Thoppil Bhasi," were shortlisted for the 2015 Montreal International Poetry Prize. Observing the Moon is her first book.

Website » www.madhavan-reese.com/sneha/index.html