AN INVITATION TO THE LAUNCH OF Chandani Lokugé MY VAN GOGH by Jennifer Strauss, Australian Poet and Scholar

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Date(s) - 19/11/2019 - 20/11/2019
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AN INVITATION TO THE LAUNCH OF Chandani Lokugé MY VAN GOGH by Jennifer Strauss, Australian Poet and Scholar

 

Tuesday 19 November 6pm for 6.30pm

READINGS HAWTHORN 701 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn 3122

RSVP to chandani.lokuge@monash.edu by Tuesday 12 November

But he was lying there beside her, waiting for her answer. A stranger. They were strangers. She turned slowly away from him, towards the window. And against the bright blue sky, she saw the storks flying away in formation, an arrow in t.he sky. They’d started their long journey at last, back to their other home. They’d dared to dream again. And roam the skies for something they’d loved and lost, perhaps.

‘Perhaps,’ she said turning back.

In poetic vignettes set against the fascinating exotics of Australia and France, Chandani Lokugé weaves a haunting and meditative story on the spectral gains and losses of travel, the nature of its transience. Through it, she dignifies with grace and tenderness, our unassuageable yearning, when we have lost everything and even ourselves, to anchor to something, someone, somewhere, and the unexpected moment of our arrival.

‘A haunting mystical reading experience, suffused with history, art, and recovery from trauma. An inspired travelogue … the damaged genius of Van Gogh brooding over the narrative, with hints of both joy and anguish.’ – Chris Ringrose

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