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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Nightwood (Oct. 1 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0889712875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889712874
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"One of the most significant books of poetry produced in this place. A place it remakes. The scope of children of air india goes beyond event and into the realm of thought, knowledge, and how we must read and write absences forever present."
- Wayde Compton, author of Performance Bond and 49th Parallel Psalm

"A hearbreaking debut collection. children of air india is a distillation of rage, grief, compassion and incomprehension into a Kaddish of the imagination, a song of witnessing, and indictment of indifference that also reads as a blessing for the dead. This is a voice that must be heard; this is the kind of poetry that teaches us how to be human."
- Rachel Rose, author of Song and Spectacle

"Tender without being sentimental, incisive without losing compassion, children of air india is part song, part family album, part legal document, part childhood attic. Saklikar's rare gift is the ability to collect all these fragments to create a whole that is a lyrical and haunting palimpsest."
- Sirish Rao, author and Artistic Director of Indian Summer Festival

"Blending poetry and prose, Saklikar has made her own monument around which readers can gather, searching for dignity and meaning. Inconspicuously erected, Children of Air India is a Canadian literary sundial."
- BC Bookworld

"The collection doesn't seek to impose any answers, or suggest any recompense for the loss of so many innocent lives. It holds what details it can, preserves and honours them in a way official investigations failed to do."
-Quill & Quire

"Saklikar's collection of poems brings intensity, but also warmth to police language, journalistic terms, and the legal jargon we see in newspapers. Interweaving themes of personal loss, the incomprehensibility of murder and the rampancy of legal and corporatist society, Children of Air India ultimately produces a benediction for those who perished; it adds emotional grit to the discourse of an inexplicable act of terror."
-The LA Source

"The more I resisted writing about the bombing of Air India Flight 182, the more it claimed me. Eventually, I answered the call. And I did so by becoming a student of the saga that is Canada/Air India. I immersed myself in the archive. Days spent sitting with court and inquiry documents, family correspondence, some of if very personal and painful; and slowly, these voices, of the children who died, entered my imagination. So I did not decide to write children of air india. Not at all. The work overcame me."
-I & Eye Magazine

"It is more than possible that British Columbians of multiple ethnicities and religions have not truly faced up to the mass trauma and sickening horror of the bombing of Air India flight 182. This book of poetry tries to support the grieving process."
-The Vancouver Sun

"It is a personal story for Renée, who lost her aunt and uncle in the bombing. children of air india is a powerful book, filled with the stories (lived, researched and imagined) of those involved in the events, most especially those who died that day, and those who were left behind. It is a compelling and haunting entry point (or re-entry point) into an event that should loom much larger than it does in our collective Canadian memory. And in the story of our country that we've constructed for ourselves."
-Prism International

"A collage of fact and imagination, this book, because of Saklikar's insight, compassion and poetic skill, delves into and transcends private grief to tell a crucial public story, one brimming with implications and questions for all of us."
-Sandy Shreve, Canadian Poetries

"The poems are based on -- and contain excerpts from -- actual records and the resulting work is artistically haunting and unsettling to read, as if the reader is privy to very private material."
-The Peak

About the Author

Renée Sarojini Saklikar writes thecanadaproject, a life-long poem chronicle that includes poetry, fiction, and essays. Work from thecanadaproject appears in literary journals, newspapers, and anthologies, including The Literary Review of Canada, The Vancouver Review, Geist, Poetry is Dead, SubTerrain, ARC Poetry Magazine, The Georgia Straight, and Ryga, a journal of provocations. The first completed series from thecanadaproject is a book length poem, children of air india, (Nightwood Editions, 2013) about the bombing of Air India Flight 182, recently nominated as a finalist for the BC Book Prizes' Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.

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This first book of poetry by Renee doesn't read like a first book. It shows a mastery of her craft that is awe-inspiring. I read this book in one sitting, the narrative compelling me to keep turning the pages. The story of the crash off the coast of Ireland of Air India Flight 182 as told in the book is extremely moving without being sentimental or angry. There is poignancy in every line, from the descriptions of the lives of the children who were killed, to the author's own grief in losing her aunt and uncle in the crash, to the court cases that were so inconclusive afterwards. It's a book I would highly recommend to anyone who reads poetry and anyone who doesn't who wishes to read a story well told by an author who writes accessibly and cleanly and extremely well.
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Renée Sarojini Saklikar's book, children of air india un/authorized exhibits and interjections (Nightwood Editions, 2013) asks "What does it mean to be Canadian and lose someone in Air India Flight 182?"

Gut-wrenching. Maddening. Heartbreaking. Uplifting. Real life. Real demise. Redemption? Redaction? All that. Wait. There's more: Saklikar's words penetrate the psyche. Written with respect, in a tender and loving way, it's a dignified requiem for the 329 human beings who died, of which 82 were children.

The book-length poem is part of thecanadaproject, a life-long poem chronicle that includes poetry, fiction, and essays. Renée Saklikar won the 2014 Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry. thecanadaproject.wordpress.com.
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HASH(0xa22b3a80) out of 5 stars Beautiful Book Nov. 14 2013
By Ryleigh Geier - Published on Amazon.com
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Renee Saklikar has taken a difficult subject matter and created a beautiful meditation on pain, and loss, and grief, and beauty. Not only do her written words bring to vivid life the faces of the victims, but her poignant pauses give space for their lost voices to whisper inside each piece. As a book of poetry it is a treasure. As a statement on tragic loss it is a masterpiece.
HASH(0xa22b3bdc) out of 5 stars A dignified requiem which penetrates the reader's psyche Sept. 5 2014
By Margo Bates - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Renée Sarojini Saklikar's book, children of air india un/authorized exhibits and interjections (Nightwood Editions, 2013) asks "What does it mean to be Canadian and lose someone in Air India Flight 182?"

Gut-wrenching. Maddening. Heartbreaking. Uplifting. Real life. Real demise. Redemption? Redaction? All that. Wait. There's more: Saklikar's words penetrate the psyche. Written with respect, in a tender and loving way, it's a dignified requiem for the 329 human beings who died, of which 82 were children.

The book-length poem is part of thecanadaproject, a life-long poem chronicle that includes poetry, fiction, and essays. Renée Saklikar won the 2014 Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry. thecanadaproject.wordpress.com.
HASH(0xa2015bac) out of 5 stars poetry among the flames May 6 2015
By Heather Spears - Published on Amazon.com
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a personal record of a public disaster, "Children of air India" explores the sense of broken community which still hangs over the 1985 bombing of Air India flight182.. Told from the inside, the poet speaks not as a journalist, but with a quiet voice of pain and lamentation. Do no expect to come away with "closure" or understanding, but this is an important contribiution to the literature and shows that poetry can walk among the flames in a way reportage cannot.

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