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Cradles is a collection poems on the nature(s) and nurturing that cradle us. They are divided into four parts: Womb is the first cradle, both ‘nature’ and ‘nurture’, under-acknowledged and often unmentioned. Beyond the physical womb of individuals, there are collective wombs that incubate on yet grander and greater scales. Land(s) are the cradles we typically identify as our ‘origins’, but as the Cradle of Humankind teaches, the many lands of today are interlaced in many concealed ways and originated in a single, little understood place. Tides are the many migrations and cycles of time that shape us. They can shift, upset and remake the nurturing of cradles; but also cradle us in cycles of wreckage. Wind sets us free of places and times of origin. This detachment can bring freedom, a sense of loss/lostness, and the many things in between. The freedom/loss/lostness spiral whirls with the wind and transforms. In surrendering to it we can alter its pace to our needs and desires.

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  • ISBN print: 978-1-988832-00-5
  • ISBN ebook: 978-0-9953474-9-6
  • Publication date: January 2018
  • Page count: 152
  • Binding type: Soft Cover
  • Trim size: 6in x 9 in
  • Language: English
  • Colour: B&W
  • Print book available from: price includes post and packing
  • E-pub available from: info@darajapress
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Author Salimah Valiani