Prathna Lor

**Shortlisted for the 2022 A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry**

In Prathna Lor’s first full-length collection we are introduced to a unique voice in Canadian poetry. Moving fluidly between prose poems and more fractured, open verse, Lor meditates on voice, on disaster and on identity, pushing always against commodification, against a consumable narrative.


“In the luminous pages of Emanations we encounter nothing less than a radical philosophy of being: ‘I never emerge / seeking only insurgence / a moment of recovery / to listen extraordinarily.’ The language here is insistently embodied yet metaphysical – affective, conceptual, and inspiringly bold in both directness and vulnerability: ‘If whatever can be said / is eruption, let me speak plainly.’ Prathna Lor has gifted us with a vital book for our time, a needful summons to life and possibility ever abounding: ‘What will it take for you to know that it’s enough / To wander into marvels.'” – David Chariandy, author of Soucouyant and Brother

“These poems conduct language in the manner of electricity passing through the body. Emanations is a compassionate transmission of mutating reverence and alienation for this life. Prathna Lor allows us to receive ‘untouchable slumbering / beneath the creak.’ Here is delight, terror and peace. Wander in and receive them.” – Lee Suksi, author of The Nerves


Welcoming the Calamity (Emma Telaro, Montreal Review of Books, 04/07/2022)
“Lor both interrogates and reaffirms the lyrical subject by proposing a fractured yet expansive self. This collection is for the poetry reader looking for a new and luminous literary voice.”

Prathna Lor, Emanations: Poems (rob mclennan, rob mclennan’s blog, 19/05/2022)
“Lor writes across the contours of self-creation and discovery, articulating values of both the collective and the personal, and the ways through which so much is lost through commodification.”


Prathna Lor is a poet, essayist, editor and educator, who has published in Canadian LiteratureDIAGRAMC MagazineJacket2, Poetry is Dead and Plenitude Magazine, among others. Lor is Poetry Editor at Shrapnel Magazine and holds a PhD from the University of Toronto. They live in Montreal, QC.


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