Sugu Pillay's thought provoking work shifts effortlessly between New Zealand - with a seamless integration of Maori themes - and Asian locales, especially India, but is also informed by classical thinkers and artists.
A challenging read, with its allusiveness, but one with rewards for those open to its startling juxtapositions and time warps.
The title is from Flaubert's comment: "Human language is like a cracked kettle on which we beat our tunes for bears to dance to when all the time we long to move the stars to pity."
Previously titled In Medias Res, the collection was Highly Commended in the 2012 IP Picks Best Poetry Awards and is a collection of mostly published poems from 1995 to 2012.
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Born in Malaysia, Sugu Pillay is an accomplished poet and playwright. Flaubert’s Drum, which is her first poetry collection, is a very interesting and wide-ranging set of poems that moves between Asia ... Read full review