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Book Launch – Sheniz Janmohamed

Thursday, October 2, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

| Free

Firesmoke – Sheniz Janmohamed

Join TSAR Publications, author Sheniz Janmohamed and Near East Ensemble in an evening of music and poetry to celebrate the release of her second book of poems, Firesmoke.

When a fire burns, ashes fall to the ground (form) and smoke ascends to the sky (emptiness). Firesmoke examines the relationship between form and emptiness and questions how fire can arise from both life and death. Firesmoke also explores the restorative power of the feminine principle, the alchemy of nature and the impermanence of life.

Praise for Firesmoke:
“Wondrously impactful Firesmoke, evinces a rare poetic genius in capturing oppositional impulses in Nature and seamlessly sutures form with content to provoke the reader to journey with the poet to boundless territories that are at once undergirded in the Natural world and manifest in the worlds of our imagination. Thus Life and Death, Loss and Victory, Fire and Water — all become part of the poet’s lexicon, which she has developed through an impressive imagism: the crow, rivulets, the sari, Goddess Durga, are all a part of her linguascape and each signifies a certain ideology or philosophy.

Sheniz has ascended from her first collection of poetry Bleeding Light and yet that signature spark of passion continues to assert itself through the new collection. Felicitous, forceful, feminist and fecund, Sheniz is a powerful voice with a refreshing resonance among the best new Canadian voices. Her poems espouse a system of love-based faith which celebrates life and revival in the midst of death and decay, and presents a Sufism that looks back and races forward in the age of instant communication.”

-Julie Mehta, academic and author of Dance of Life: The Mythology, History and Politics of Cambodian Culture

SPECIAL GUESTS:  Playwright and Storyteller, Sharada Eswar and the musical stylings of Near East (Ravi Naimpally, Ernie Tollar and Demetri Petsalakis).


Need to know:
– Doors open at 6:30
– Free admission
– Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
– Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities

Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za’atar dipping.