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August 3, 2011

Vishvarūpa

Vishvarupa cover

Reading Vishvarūpa is like opening a jewel-box of many faceted gems. From the shimmering ‘Rainy Days’ of melaleucas and gumnuts to the sharply observed ‘Ode to Mumbai’; from Aphrodite and Narcissus to Hanuman and Vayu; from an ‘Alchemy of leaves’ to ‘Kissing Hamlet’ the poetry is sensory “The air’s thick with jasmine, agapanthus lingering like incense in the still eveing(Triptych of Wings), sometimes sensual “The moon’s crescent tangled my hair, my breasts were bare, our timing synchronised” (‘Pārvatī in Darlinghurst) and always satisfying.

“Can there be any Australian poet who has entered with such lyrical depth into the intermingling voices of Australia and India?” Chris Wallace-Crabbe.

Michelle Cahill’s verse is controlled with a deep vein of feeling running beneath the measured lines … her poetry rises on a ‘burning ladder of language’”. Keki N Daruwalla.

The perfect book for a journey or a winter’s night at home.

Vishvarūpa, poems by Michelle Cahill,

Michelle Cahill

can be ordered from 5Islands Press

For a sequence of her poems Michelle Cahill received the Val Vallis Award.

Michelle is editor of Mascara Literary Review.

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