BuschekBooks (Ottawa)
Autumn 2011
$17.95 CAD/USD
ISBN:  9781894543668

Listen to the author read three excerpted poems!

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From the Back Cover:

“Doyali Farah Islam’s distinctive poems carry a rich “song of the divine” in and out of strains of parable and mysticism.  These poems are bold, intricate buds of faith; audacious notes composing themselves into a “blossomed sustenance.”  Graceful, yearning, Islam writes a wise-beyond-her-years poetry steeped in a multi-sepalled spirituality, each petal singing “the salt of longing.”  Yusuf and the Lotus Flower marks not only the debut of an extraordinary poet, but a fearless fusion of conviction and imagination, spirit and ink.”
—  Sylvia Legris

In this first collection from a discerning Canadian voice, Doyali Farah Islam draws you toward the same gentle listening place from which her verses pour.  Islam bares her inner journey of daily meditation and prayer – decanting in the process, from poet-self to page, bold images, fluid linguistic turns, delightful double meanings, startling word play, deep thought, and small insights.  Rooted in sacred stories, in the Qur’anic concept of the Day of Alast (the Day of the Primordial Covenant), and in remembrance of the Divine, Yusuf and the Lotus Flower embraces Abrahamic and Indic orientations without exoticizing either.  Yusuf (Joseph) is a figure common to Judeo-Christian and Islamic narratives.  He is especially beloved by Sufis.  The lotus is common to Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, Sikh, and yogic philosophy.  In distinct ways, both motifs symbolize beautiful tenacity throughout hardship.  Intone these poems.  They will call back to you.