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Praise for children of air india

"One of the most significant books of poetry produced in this place. A place it remakes. The scope of children of air india goes beyond event and into the realm of thought, knowledge, and how we must read and write absences forever present."
- Wayde Compton, author of Performance Bond and 49th Parallel Psalm

"A hearbreaking debut collection. children of air india is a distillation of rage, grief, compassion and incomprehension into a Kaddish of the imagination, a song of witnessing, and indictment of indifference that also reads as a blessing for the dead. This is a voice that must be heard; this is the kind of poetry that teaches us how to be human."
- Rachel Rose, author of Song and Spectacle

"Tender without being sentimental, incisive without losing compassion, children of air india is part song, part family album, part legal document, part childhood attic. Saklikar's rare gift is the ability to collect all these fragments to create a whole that is a lyrical and haunting palimpsest."
- Sirish Rao, author and Artistic Director of Indian Summer Festival

"Blending poetry and prose, Saklikar has made her own monument around which readers can gather, searching for dignity and meaning. Inconspicuously erected, Children of Air India is a Canadian literary sundial."
- BC Bookworld

"The collection doesn’t seek to impose any answers, or suggest any recompense for the loss of so many innocent lives. It holds what details it can, preserves and honours them in a way official investigations failed to do."
-Quill & Quire

"Saklikar’s collection of poems brings intensity, but also warmth to police language, journalistic terms, and the legal jargon we see in newspapers. Interweaving themes of personal loss, the incomprehensibility of murder and the rampancy of legal and corporatist society, Children of Air India ultimately produces a benediction for those who perished; it adds emotional grit to the discourse of an inexplicable act of terror."
-The LA Source

"The more I resisted writing about the bombing of Air India Flight 182, the more it claimed me. Eventually, I answered the call. And I did so by becoming a student of the saga that is Canada/Air India. I immersed myself in the archive. Days spent sitting with court and inquiry documents, family correspondence, some of if very personal and painful; and slowly, these voices, of the children who died, entered my imagination. So I did not decide to write children of air india. Not at all. The work overcame me."
-I & Eye Magazine

"It is more than possible that British Columbians of multiple ethnicities and religions have not truly faced up to the mass trauma and sickening horror of the bombing of Air India flight 182. This book of poetry tries to support the grieving process."
-The Vancouver Sun

"It is a personal story for Renée, who lost her aunt and uncle in the bombing. children of air india is a powerful book, filled with the stories (lived, researched and imagined) of those involved in the events, most especially those who died that day, and those who were left behind. It is a compelling and haunting entry point (or re-entry point) into an event that should loom much larger than it does in our collective Canadian memory. And in the story of our country that we’ve constructed for ourselves."
-Prism International

"A collage of fact and imagination, this book, because of Saklikar’s insight, compassion and poetic skill, delves into and transcends private grief to tell a crucial public story, one brimming with implications and questions for all of us."
-Sandy Shreve, Canadian Poetries

"The poems are based on — and contain excerpts from — actual records and the resulting work is artistically haunting and unsettling to read, as if the reader is privy to very private material."
-The Peak