‘Immortelle and Bhandaaraa Poems’ poetry book launch July 30th

Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming in association with The Bahamas Writers Summer Institute (BWSI) presents the Bahamas Book Launch of Immortelle and Bhandaaraa Poems By Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 2pm at Chapter One. This book of poetry received the honor of being short listed for the Inaugural Proverse Prize 2009, Bahama Island Info reports.

Manoo-Rahming’s Immortelle and Bhandaaraa Poems is filled with scenes from the poet’s physical landscape which spans the Caribbean: from The Bahamas, her present home, to Trinidad, the land of her birth. The language of these sensual poems is a syncretism of her East Indian-derived Bhojpuri Hindi and her Trinbagonian creole, peppered with nuances of the Bahamian vernacular.

This syncretism is reflected in the themes of the poems. Although many of the poems deal with Indo-Caribbean anthropology, the collection embraces other cultures and religions which are present in the Caribbean, and speaks to the fluidity in philosophy that can exist and flourish in such plural societies.

There is a double reward for the reader of this collection of poetry by Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming, in that it includes nine of her art works that correspond by title to specific poems in the volume. Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming is a poet and mixed media artist of great range and complexity; all of the world and its myriad experiences are her concern.

Best known as a poet, Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming is also a prize-winning writer of short fiction who is prominent among a new group of Caribbean women poets who write about the Indo-Caribbean experience.

These collected works range in both content and tone from the sacred to the profane, from grief to joy, and the journey both in its language and vision is impressive and courageous. Manoo-Rahming guides the reader through national, regional, and familial history while simultaneously revealing, mourning and celebrating her diverse cultural inheritance.

Click HERE to view more artwork by Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming.

Photo: ‘Womanish Words’ Artwork by Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming

For the original report go to http://www.bahamaislandsinfo.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9459:immortelle-and-bhandaaraa-poems-poetry-book-launch-july-30th&catid=62:Writing&Itemid=179

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