The Golden Thread (Paperback)

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The Golden Thread (Paperback)


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Blending the sacred and the everyday, Amali Gunasekera's second collection The Golden Thread is a search for grace through the deep process of transmuting emotional trauma into peace.

Gunasekera takes up Muriel Rukeyser's famous line: 'What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.' Her book's central sequence, Nine Miscarried] Methods, considers the challenge of asserting a woman's equal status within a patriarchal objectified culture. Approaching the polemic or the existential with a gentle touch, this is poetry as lyric essay, mysterious and shapeshifting as sunlight on water. Formally, the poems explore the instability of the lyric 'I' and the addressed 'You'. Often there is no static vantage point; instead, the 'I' and 'You' are verbs in a state of becoming. Their very unfixity reflects dynamic systems in the natural world where elements are constantly interacting and altering their natures.

Amali Gunasekera was born and grew up in Sri Lanka. She works in the field of Archetypal Psychology. After living in Mozambique, Kenya and India, she is now based in Cumbria. Her first collection, The Lotus Gatherers, was published by Bloodaxe in 2016 (under her former name of Rodrigo). She was selected for Arts Council England's project Breaking Ground: Celebrating the Best British Writers of Colour in 2017. Her second collection, The Golden Thread, is published by Bloodaxe in 2022.
Product Details ISBN: 9781780375984
ISBN-10: 1780375980
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books
Publication Date: June 7th, 2022
Pages: 96
Language: English