FIRESMOKE BOOK LAUNCH
Join TSAR Publications, Sufi Poets Series and author Sheniz Janmohamed for an evening of music and poetry to celebrate the release of Janmohamed’s second book of poems, Firesmoke.
TIME: Doors open at 6:30pm, Show begins at 7pm
LOCATION: Beit Zatoun House, 612 Markham Street, Toronto
SPECIAL GUESTS: Playwright and Storyteller, Sharada Eswar and the musical stylings of Near East (Ravi Naimpally, Ernie Tollar and Demetri Petsalakis)
When a fire burns, ashes fall to the ground (form) and smoke ascends to the sky (emptiness). Firesmoke examines the relationship between form and emptiness and questions how fire can arise from both life and death. Firesmoke also explores the restorative power of the feminine principle, the alchemy of nature and the impermanence of life.
“Wondrously impactful Firesmoke, evinces a rare poetic genius in capturing oppositional impulses in Nature and seamlessly sutures form with content to provoke the reader to journey with the poet to boundless territories that are at once undergirded in the Natural world and manifest in the worlds of our imagination. Thus Life and Death, Loss and Victory, Fire and Water — all become part of the poet’s lexicon, which she has developed through an impressive imagism: the crow, rivulets, the sari, Goddess Durga, are all a part of her linguascape and each signifies a certain ideology or philosophy. Sheniz has ascended from her first collection of poetry Bleeding Light and yet that signature spark of passion continues to assert itself through the new collection. Felicitous, forceful, feminist and fecund, Sheniz is a powerful voice with a refreshing resonance among the best new Canadian voices. Her poems espouse a system of love-based faith which celebrates life and revival in the midst of death and decay, and presents a Sufism that looks back and races forward in the age of instant communication.”
–Julie Mehta, academic and author of Dance of Life: The Mythology, History and Politics of Cambodian Culture