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Celia A Sorhaindo

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Books by this author: Radical Normalisation
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  • Celia A Sorhaindo was born in the Commonwealth of Dominica. She migrated with her family to England in 1976, when she was eight years old, returning home in 2005. Her poems have been published in Verse Daily, Illuminations International Magazine, Rattle, Mslexia, Wasafiri, Anomaly, Magma Poetry, Lolwe, New Daughters of Africa Anthology, and Caribbean journals PREE, The Caribbean Writer, BIM, Moko Magazine and Susumba’s Book Bag. She is co-compiler of Home Again: Stories of Migration and Return, published by Papillote Press and her first poetry chapbook, Guabancex, longlisted for the 2021 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, was published in February 2020, also by Papillote Press. Celia is a Cropper Foundation Creative Writers Workshop fellow and a Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop fellow.
    Praise for Celia A Sorhaindo 'This fearless, eclectic debut harnesses the interrogative force of poetry, querying how we define a community, society, continent or memory, these poems subvert cliche and radically rethink our relationship with ordinary things and moments... The book reads like a tug of war, in which concentrated sonnet-like poems about the role of the poet and the public vie with meandering, experimental, prosy pieces exploring personal memory and ancestral wounds'

    Kit Fan, The Guardian

     'Radical Normalisation is a tour-de-force of ars poetica. In running dialogue with herself and numerous other poets and writers, Sorhaindo repeatedly addresses poetry - and has poetry talk back. Whether focussed on survival after a hurricane or the line between 'madness' and 'unravelling,' Sorhaindo pushes, defines, and redefines the terms and stakes of 'this poem.' In sonically, imagistically, and formally explosive measure, she makes the 'normal' radical and frees it to sing in its chains.'

    Shara McCallum
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