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shadow elephants: haiku of Malintha Perera

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“The human/elephant conflict has become a grave problem which only governments can resolve in areas where people have settled in elephant habitats. I hope these poems become the opportunity for readers to leave cultural and religious ideologies aside, and to open their hearts. How might you feel if you were an elephant in such conditions as currently exist? Would you countenance being chained and harassed by your keepers? These are questions asked directly by some of the poems. The reader doesn’t need to offer excuses or weave stories of cultural or religious traditions. I invite you to step into this situation to discover see how you truly feel.”
— from the Foreword

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“The human/elephant conflict has become a grave problem which only governments can resolve in areas where people have settled in elephant habitats. I hope these poems become the opportunity for readers to leave cultural and religious ideologies aside, and to open their hearts. How might you feel if you were an elephant in such conditions as currently exist? Would you countenance being chained and harassed by your keepers? These are questions asked directly by some of the poems. The reader doesn’t need to offer excuses or weave stories of cultural or religious traditions. I invite you to step into this situation to discover see how you truly feel.”
from the Foreword

an egret settles
on a tusker’s back —
the moving paddy

savannah crossroad . . .
jeep tracks through
elephant dung

an elephant’s back
sags from its garment —
flanked flames

drunk from wild berries
the lone elephant sways —
insect song

ISBN: 978-1-958408-46-9
Pages: 108
Size: 4.25″ x 6.5″
Binding: perfect softbound
Year Published: 2024

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