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Reflections on a reconstructed homeland and Scarborough. Bittersweet is an exciting, accomplished collection of poems evoking both a reconstructed homeland and Scarborough (Ontario). Using memory—intimate as well as collective—prompted by photographs, maps, language, and folklore, Ramoutar meditates on themes of obscured and suppressed history, time, and liminality. Her poe Reflections on a reconstructed homeland and Scarborough. Bittersweet is an exciting, accomplished collection of poems evoking both a reconstructed homeland and Scarborough (Ontario). Using memory—intimate as well as collective—prompted by photographs, maps, language, and folklore, Ramoutar meditates on themes of obscured and suppressed history, time, and liminality. Her poems journey from home to home to home, from Toronto to Guyana to South Asia; and Scarborough remains omnipresent, with a mix of identities and a strong, active, and boisterous youthful presence.


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Reflections on a reconstructed homeland and Scarborough. Bittersweet is an exciting, accomplished collection of poems evoking both a reconstructed homeland and Scarborough (Ontario). Using memory—intimate as well as collective—prompted by photographs, maps, language, and folklore, Ramoutar meditates on themes of obscured and suppressed history, time, and liminality. Her poe Reflections on a reconstructed homeland and Scarborough. Bittersweet is an exciting, accomplished collection of poems evoking both a reconstructed homeland and Scarborough (Ontario). Using memory—intimate as well as collective—prompted by photographs, maps, language, and folklore, Ramoutar meditates on themes of obscured and suppressed history, time, and liminality. Her poems journey from home to home to home, from Toronto to Guyana to South Asia; and Scarborough remains omnipresent, with a mix of identities and a strong, active, and boisterous youthful presence.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Maria Zuppardi

    Beautiful poetry!

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    Liana

    4/5 stars Thank you to Mawenzi House for providing me with a digital review copy! Bittersweet is a newly released poetry collection by Natasha Ramoutar, an Indo-Guyanese writer from Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. Her poetry weaves through her various homes from Guyana to Scarborough, detailing the complexities that can arise when thinking about the concept of home. What I enjoyed the most about Ramoutar’s poetry was the way she was able to evoke a sense of belonging and not belonging. How do you h 4/5 stars Thank you to Mawenzi House for providing me with a digital review copy! Bittersweet is a newly released poetry collection by Natasha Ramoutar, an Indo-Guyanese writer from Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. Her poetry weaves through her various homes from Guyana to Scarborough, detailing the complexities that can arise when thinking about the concept of home. What I enjoyed the most about Ramoutar’s poetry was the way she was able to evoke a sense of belonging and not belonging. How do you honour your culture and identity once you step into your homeland for the first time? How do you unravel a history of trauma that surrounds not only those who came before you, but yourself as well? Does where you live bear the same weight in your identity as your home as much as other homelands? These questions and more came to mind as I read these incredibly thought provoking poems. Ramoutar has a gift for vivid imagery — I felt transported to exact snippets and moments in time. My favourite poem from this collection was “Ink” because I liked the juxtaposition between what one says and what one actually means. Bittersweet is a stunningly beautiful (both in and out, I mean, look at that gorgeous cover) testament to homes — wherever that may be and whatever that may mean to you.

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