In their debut collection Emanations, Prathna Lor flows freely and assuredly between prose poem, lyric fragment, and anaphoric list to get at, as much as language can, an explanation of self, “an incomplete fabrication / moved by a pronoun.”
To accomplish this through words, according to Lor, is to “assemble all the names I inherit,” “to unspeak a history,” and to “voice / Not as betrayal / As luminescence.” Yet even as Lor categorizes, they simultaneously admit to a fiction of categories: “what presents itself as itself must always be undone.”
One way it is “undone” within the poems is by assigning new terms “carved from misgivings.” Another way it is “undone” is via the use of rhetorical devices such as repetition and anaphora. Repeated anaphoric phrases such as “I am bound because ignorance makes me sick” and “Dangerous thinking” serve to bring to the fore the dual attentions of Lor’s poems.
The way repetition “dilates what is given to speech” and also mirrors “the register of prayer.” With “discordia on the tongue” and a “little biding underneath,” Lor writes, “hollowing my references” to discover “what is left between / accident and epiphany.” Ultimately in their poems, Lor seems to be in pursuit of “living, finally” in “the everyday divine.” And, reader, we share “a moment of recovery / to listen extraordinarily” to Pratha Lor’s Emanantions.
About the Author
Prathna Lor is a poet, essayist, editor and educator, who has published in Canadian Literature, DIAGRAM, C Magazine, Jacket2, Poetry is Dead and Plenitude Magazine, among others. Lor is Poetry Editor at Shrapnel Magazine and holds a PhD from the University of Toronto. They live in Montreal, QC.
- Publisher : Buckrider Books (April 26 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 72 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1989496490
- ISBN-13 : 978-1989496497