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The poems of the portfolio Koel, comprising nine poems of widely varying length over 80 pages, are research experiments in language. Its innovations in syntax, page space, narrative form and lexical form manifest complex and emergent experiences of the situated body which are not commonly verified in public narrative. In doing so Koel arrives at a unique semiotics of the somatic imaginary, and a unique poetics of place: in the words of the critic Lisa Samuels, they are transcultural poems that “think with the body.” According to Divya Victor, Koel “swells with the drama of symbiotic and parasitic life forms, where bodies intermingle and create each other through the hybridities of migrant identity and transnational belonging.”
Original languageEnglish
TypePoetry collection
Media of outputBook
PublisherCordite Books
Number of pages82
Place of PublicationSydney
ISBN (Print)9780994259684
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2016


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