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Professor Meena Alexander’s Poetry Is in ‘The New Yorker’

Cover of The New Yorker February 12 & 19, 2018Distinguished Professor Meena Alexander (GC/Hunter, English) has been called “undoubtedly one of the finest poets in contemporary times.” One of her latest poems, “Kochi by the Sea,” appears in the February 12 and 19 edition of The New Yorker and you can hear Alexander read her poem on the The New Yorker website.

Exploring her themes of autobiography, migration, memory, and identity, “Kochi by the Sea” is set in Kerala, on the southwest coast of India, where Alexander comes from. About the poem Alexander said that, “There are many details of the landscape in the poem and also of course memories close to my heart. Kochi is the ancient seaport of Kerala where the Romans came to trade. For centuries there was trade with Rome and Persia and the east coast of Africa. Kochi is a thriving city now, right on the Arabian sea.”

Tune in on February 21 when The New Yorker Poetry Podcast series airs a conversation about the poem between Alexander and The New Yorker poetry editor Kevin Young.
Later this year, Alexander will publish her eighth collection of poems, Atmospheric Embroidery, (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2018). A novelist, essayist, memoirist, and editor, Alexander has a second book on the way, Name me a Word: Indian Writers Reflect on Writing (Yale University Press/New Haven, 2018), an anthology of 20th century and contemporary Indian writers.
Alexander’s thoughts on writing and the challenges of contemporary politics are the focus of one of the episodes of the Graduate Center podcast series, The Thought Project.

Submitted on: FEB 6, 2018

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