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Posted: Wednesday April 16, 2014
Phinder Dulai

Phinder Dulai is the Vancouver-based author of dream/arteries (forthcoming in Fall 2014 from Talonbooks) and two previous books of poetry: Ragas from the Periphery (Arsenal Pulp Press, 1995) and Basmati Brown (Nightwood Editions, 2000). His most recent work has been published in Canadian Literature and Cue Books Anthology. Earlier work appeared in Ankur, Matrix, Memewar Magazine, Rungh, the Capilano Review, Canadian Ethnic Studies, Toronto South Asian Review, subTerrain, and West Coast LINE. Dulai is a co-founder of the Surrey-based interdisciplinary contemporary arts group The South of Fraser Inter Arts Collective (SOFIA/c).

LATEST Phinder Dulai NEWS

October 2017 : New poetry in the house!

October 2016 : Phinder Dulai in NYC, Montreal, and Saint Catherines in early/mid-October

March 2015 : Phinder Dulai on the Prairies

February 2015 : Interview: rob mclennan interviews Phinder Dulai

January 2015 : Three Talon Poets in “Canada and Beyond” Periodical

November 2014 : Launched! Our Fall 2014 “Septuplets”

November 2014 : New Arrivals, Right on Time for Tonight’s Launch

November 2014 : T-Minus One Week to Talon’s Fall 2014 Launch!

October 2014 : Book Review: dream / arteries in the Vancouver Sun

September 2014 : Launched! dream / arteries by Phinder Dulai

August 2014 : Video: Phinder Dulai at the Indian Summer Festival

July 2014 : Our Fall 2014 Lineup!

July 2014 : Photos: Phinder Dulai at the Indian Summer Festival

May 2014 : Phinder Dulai Reads in Honour of the Komagata Maru Passengers


dream / arteries

“Combined rhythmic discipline and a wide descriptive palette, wielded by a talented composer of word images; this would be the definition of anyone’s preferred reading. These essential elements are richly present in dream / arteries … While a pointed, heartfelt and lyrical precis of a sore spot in Canada’s expansive immigration history, dream /arteries is no less a work of agile poetics and vivid juxtaposition … a full range of common life experience and observation, shifting its focus from the specific immigrant experience on into a wider observance of the world and its offerings. The volume is elegantly produced and includes strategically placed archival photos, some faintly impressed as sepia ghostings upon translucent panels. The effect is one of contemporaneous immediacy within an irresistible sense of the importance of the past. It is a testament to Phinder Dulai’s consummate skill, aside from his personal connection to the material, that we come away from dream /arteries with a heightened awareness of all travel phenomenon, the harshness and revelatory thrill of new lands, the coldness of alienation and the vivacity of new connection.”
Vancouver Sun

“With a sharp ear tuned to the language of past and present, Phinder Dulai returns the Komagata Maru and her passengers to the contemporary moment. We hear the voices of boats, oceans, the dead, the betrayed, the unloved and unwanted beside the voices of lovers, children, government officials, and newspaper reports. This book acknowledges life in its many forms and valences, and considers human agency in acknowledging who is loved and allowed to live, and who is unloved and left to drift and die. These are words of incisive rage and heartfelt longing. Dulai mourns in the precise materiality of a present that remembers. He knows that the injustice inflicted has consequences for love, family connection and human relation in the present.”
– Larissa Lai

“In dream / arteries, Phinder Dulai gives us the book we have needed for a hundred years, so that we can know ourselves – a book that is currently historical, epistolary, and mythic. The real multiculturalism belongs to the poet, and Dulai shows us how and why in multiple voices and registers of discourse. These poems do the miraculous: they find song in survival and render an alternate possibility of encounter in the language of imaginative memory.”
– Wayde Compton

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