Pluviophile







Pluviophile


By Yusuf Saadi


NOT YET PUBLISHED
0-88971-374-X
978-0-88971-374-1
Nightwood Editions
5.5 x 8 - 96 pages
Paperback - $18.95
April 2020



Pluviophile grapples with various poetic traditions in search of the sacred within and beyond language. Poems experiment with form, imagery and sonancy to reconsider the way we value language, beauty and body. The collection houses sonnets and other shorter poems between larger, more meditative runes. One of these longer poems, “The Place Where Words Go to Die,” winner of The Malahat Review’s 2016 Far Horizons Poetry Award, imagines an underworld where words are killed and reborn, shedding signifiers like skin to reenter a symbiotic relationship with the human where “saxum [is] sacrificed and born again as saxifrage.” From here the poems shift to diverse locations, from Montreal to Kolkata, from the moon to the gates of heaven.