Why Now by Neil Dasani
Why Now by Neil Dasani

Why Now? by Neil Daswani

US$ 16.2

In his debut book of poetry, Why Now?, Neil Daswani takes you on an eclectic journey signposted by references to Norse and Greek mythology; poetry from the Tang dynasty; Buddhist philosophy and Korean phonetics; the power of wild nature; humour as well as grief and bereavement. His poems on Covid-19 search for hope in unity. "Neil's poems remind us that the poetic imagination is a way of knowing the world that is powerful, important and necessary; his poetry isn't an esoteric art form at the margins of culture, but an essential ingredient at the core of our humanity." Ian Tymms, Head of English, Middle School United World College, South East Asia "Why Now? is an elegant compilation of transnational poetry that discovers new emotional truths in poetic lessons from the past. Touchstones include Tang dynasty poetry, Germanic word play and Scandinavian mythology, and from the present, Singapore’s twin cinema form. Adding an interesting tension is how poet Neil Daswani deploys multicultural content within the conventions of western rhyme patterns. This is a remarkably wide-ranging debut from a stylish poet unafraid to tackle the big subjects of loss and grief, and yet able to find delight in the small things of life, such as a stubborn lid on a marmalade jar. One reflects on the title, Why Now? and responds: This is a poet whose time has come." Linda Collins, author of Loss Adjustment and the forthcoming poetry collection Sign Language for the Death of Reason