Wild Cinnamon and Winter Skin

Posted in Books, Media Archive, Poetry on 2010-10-18 19:47Z by Steven

Wild Cinnamon and Winter Skin

Peepal Tree Press: The Best in Caribbean Writing
64 pages
ISBN: 9781845230500

Seni Seneviratne

Seni Seneviratne’s debut collection offers a poetic landscape that echoes themes of migration, family, love and loss and reflects her personal journey as a woman of Sri Lankan and English heritage.

The poems cross oceans and centuries. In ‘Cinnamon Roots’ Seni Seneviratne travels from colonial Britain to Ceylon in the 15th century and back to Yorkshire in the 20th Century; in A Wider View time collapses and carries her from a 21st century Leeds back to the flax mills of the 19th century; poems like ‘Grandad’s Insulin’, based on childhood memories, place her in 1950’s Yorkshire but echo links with her Sri Lankan heritage.

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