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Today's poem is "Aanabhrandhanmar Means 'Mad About Elephants'"
from Miracle Fruit

Tupelo Press

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of Miracle Fruit, (Tupelo Press, 2003), winner of the 2001 Second Annual Tupelo Press First Book Competition Judge's Prize. She is assistant professor of English at the State University of New York — Fredonia where she received the campus-wide Hagan Young Scholar Award for faculty. She lives with her dog, Villanelle, right in the heart of cherry and berry country.

Other poems by Aimee Nezhukumatathil in Verse Daily:
July 7, 2002:  "Small Murders" "When Cleopatra received Antony on her cedarwood ship..."

About Miracle Fruit:

"In these fine and searching poems, Nezhukumatathil pushes and grabs at the world, wanting more and striving to name what cannot be named. As she does we see that everything is in fact miracle fruit, including this book itself."
—Andrew Hudgin

"Aimee Nezhukumatathil's delightful poems celebrate the glories of the tongue, in both senses of the word. I can think of no other poet except Neruda who has inscribed the sensual world with such accurate charm. ...Aimee Nezhukumatathil understands the loving and funny relations between mother and daughter. She understands the folkways of India and Ohio, and she might be the only American poet who can swear in Tagalog. Her poems are seriously delicious: toothsome and saucy, wise and mischievous."
—Alice Fulton

"When language, sensory experience, and imagination meet and mingle in an inventive and convincing way, we have the ingredients for those moments of grace that characterize important poems. Aimee Nezhukumatathil's Miracle Fruit is rich in such luscious moments. Every line is alive with the excitement of what can be known about the world, every poem bursting with an eagerness to share it."
—Gregory Orr



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