World Hotel

ISBN-10: 1556591837

ISBN-13: 9781556591839

Edition: 2002

Authors: Reetika Vazirani

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Born in India and raised in the U.S., Reetika Vazirani is at the forefront of a group of young immigrant writers who are questioning citizenship and the effects of migration and immigration on the discovery of one's self. The topics she writes about-eastern culture meeting west-are both timely and timeless, as she demonstrates a love for storytelling, delights in the music and flavors of the world, and displays a subtle understanding of cross-cultural conflicts for women. Divided into two sections, "Inventing Maya" and "It's Me, I'm Not at Home," World Hotel gives voice to those who are struggling with the burden of being different while also experiencing the thrill of transformation. There are poems written in memory of family members, to husbands, to lovers, and poems from mother to daughter. Through her exquisite formal skills and linguistic range, Vazirani ultimately creates a home in poetry; for her readers she creates penetrating portraits and keen glimpses into a world which-for all its unfamiliarity-we recognize as strikingly similar to our own. The Chapel Hill Rotary invited me twice, and I wore Aunty's yellow sari. I laugh, for ten years I lived on a mountain. I show them Mussoorie. They say it looks like the Blue Ridge. They're fascinated by so much silk-six yards on one girl-but I like dresses and scarves, red nail polish, and I will have to learn to dance. . . . -from "Friday Mixer" Born in India, Reetika Vazirani's first book, White Elephants, was selected for the Barnard New Women Poets Prize. She has received much recognition for her poetry, including a Pushcart Prize, a "Discovery" award from The Nation, and inclusion in Best American Poetry. Educated at Wellesley College and the University of Virginia, Vazirani serves as an advisory editor for Callaloo.
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 10/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Hollywood and Hydroquinone
Inventing Maya
Friday Mixer
The Great Hall
Tiffin for Tea, Lorry for Truck
Chanel Lipstick
The Bus North
William's Visit
May Queen
It's Raining
What I Was Thinking When He Didn't Write
What My Best Friend Said to Console Me
To Richmond and Back
My Brother, the Wedding
Going to See the Taj Mahal
Maharaja of Patiala
One Week in the Village
Western-Trained in the Other World
Aerogram Punjab
Gina Lollobrigida
Rahim Multani
Daughters in the Morning
The Lover
Dream of the Evil Servant
Pandavas' Gamble
A Night on the Queen Mary
Gardening: Hollywood Lane
Watching the News
Beads on a Mala
Quiet Death in a Red Closet
Maya to Herself and Then to Her Gardener
Letter to Jaipur
Days in Punjab
Boucheron, Shalimar, More Shoes
It's Me, I'm Not Home
At the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture among Youth
It's Me, I'm Not Home
What to Look for in a Man
A Winter Afternoon
When I Was a Housewife
No Complaints
Type A
A Holiday at Home
Personal Ads
Nikos of Caravy Street
Nikos at 42
To Angelina from Nikos in His Old Age
Laleh of Caravy Street
Letter to the Moor
Remembering Jean Rhys
Hamlet out in the Night
From the Postcard at Vertigo Books in D.C.
No Sabotage
Letter from Blacksburg
Self and Soul Take Two
To Imran in Bombay
Dolmen Builder
Dedicated to You
It's a Young Country
About the Author
Notes and Dedications
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