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Sisters at the Well
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Sisters at the Well

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Uma Parameswaran was born in Madras, grew up in Jabalpur, India, and has been living in Winnipeg, Manitoba, since 1966. A Professor of English at the University of Winnipeg, her previous books include drama, Rootless but Green are the Boulevard Trees and Sons Must Die and Other Plays; poetry, Trishanku and Other Writings; and criticism, SACLIT: An Introduction to South Asian Canadian Literature; and fiction, What was Always Hers and The Sweet Smell of Mother's Milk-wet Bodice. She is married to a mathematician and has one daughter.




Sisters at the Well

A collection of poems by
Uma Parameswaran



Sisters at the Well, A collection of poems by award-winning author Uma Parameswaran, starts with three powerful poems on the Air India crash of 1985. As in Trishanku, her earlier collection, these different voices capture the experiences of Indo-Canadians, and resonate with the speakers' diasporic memory and contemporary realities. Collectively, the poems address various phases of immigrant experience - from nostalgia for the land left behind and wonder at the new environment, through the realities of racial discrimination, pressures of settlement, struggle to strike roots, and to the final affirmation that, "Home is where your feet are, and may your heart be there too." As one of the voices says with diasporic fervor, "I shall bring Ganga to our land, our Assiniboine, and the flute player shall dance on the waters of La Salle." The title characterizes the author's propensity to express Canadian experiences in Indian images. This collection also includes a section of earlier poems, and a brief section on some of her works in progress.


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