Shimla by Meena Alexander

For a month in the summer of 2010 I lived in Shimla, in the old Viceregal Lodge. I had a suite of rooms, with a terrace that looked out onto the Himalayas. I was carrying a copy of Basho with me and somehow felt his lines would help me in my journey.  Sometimes I would sit on the terrace and write, sometimes  in the shadow of a pipal tree.  Images came  to me as I walked on the twisting paths.  Other places are also evoked in this cycle of poems : Lodi Gardens in Delhi, where I used to live; Bryant Park, a place I love in New York City;  Sendai in Japan which I could only imagine.                  

~ Meena Alexander, New York City, April 2012

 

Shimla includes "Lady Dufferin's Terrace," which appeared in The New Yorker in September, 2011. It is available as follows:

25 signed copies, letterpress, in patterened cloth, $125      

125 signed copies, letterpress, in red handmade paper, sewn, $40

Shimla by Meena Alexander

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