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Handwriting Hardcover - 1999

by Michael Ondaatje

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Michael Ondaatje was born in Sri Lanka and moved to Canada in 1962. He lives in Toronto.

Michael Ondaatje's The Cinnamon Peeler, The English Patient, In the Skin of a Lion, Running in the Family, Coming through Slaughter, and The Collected Works of Billy the Kid are available in Vintage paperback.

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  • Title Handwriting
  • Author Michael Ondaatje
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition First Edition
  • Pages 78
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Knopf Publishing Group, New York
  • Date 1999-03-02
  • ISBN 9780375405594 / 0375405593
  • Weight 0.65 lbs (0.29 kg)
  • Dimensions 8.71 x 6.26 x 0.59 in (22.12 x 15.90 x 1.50 cm)
  • Library of Congress subjects Sri Lankans - Canada - Poetry, Sri Lanka - Poetry
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 98-41731
  • Dewey Decimal Code 811.54

Excerpt

In the dry lands

every few miles, moving north,
another roadside Ganesh

Straw figures
on bamboo scaffolds
to advertise a family
of stilt-walkers

Men twenty feet high
walking over fields
crossing the thin road
with their minimal arms
and "lying legs"

A dance of tall men
with the movement of prehistoric birds
in practice before they alight

So men become gods
in the small village
of Ilukwewa

Ganesh in pink,
                         in yellow,
in elephant darkness
His simplest shrine
a drawing of him

lime chalk
on a grey slate

All this glory
preparing us for Anuradhapura

its night faith

A city with the lap
and spell of a river

Families below trees
around the heart of a fire

tributaries
from the small villages
of the dry zone

Circling the dagoba
in a clockwise hum and chant,
bowls of lit coal
above their heads

whispering bare feet

Our flutter and drift

in the tow of this river

Media reviews

"Richly sensual images.... [Ondaatje] contracts the narrative to a few concrete images, giving his verse a mysterious reticence." --The New York Times Book Review

"Poems that are virtual hybrids of the contemporary and the ancient." --Boston Book Review

"Smooth poetic lines.... Another finely polished Ondaatje gem." -- Time Out-New York

"Extremely beautiful." --Robert Hass, The Washington Post


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