My NEW (May 2019) book: Beauty. Salon. Art.


Swallow the call note

Buy now from Desert Willow Press.  Hurry, before the print run finishes!

The first poem (Girl Child) in my book begins:

In the danger of a tsunami you found
tireless strength, a ship standing
against muscle, slaughter, desert,
a tree facing the wind of lava – …

Review Quotes

With an astute artist’s eye and captivating detail, Lavinia Kumar writes of women’s lives in her compelling new book, Beauty. Salon. Art.  Led by the ‘Girl Child,’ Lavinia Kumar’s Beauty. Salon. Art. engages the reader with a treatise on the power, force, and survivability of women. It is a monumental book.  ~Marie Kane, author of Beauty, You Drive a Hard Bargain

This powerful, imaginative, and heartfelt collection takes us throughout the world in search of truth.  By means of sparsely-worded poems of estrangement and loss of innocence, Lavinia Kumar allows us entry into other times and places so that we may bear witness and remember. – Wanda S. Praisner, Recipient of the 2017 New Jersey Poets Prize; author of To Illuminate the Way.

The cover (painted by the author) “Swallow the Call Note” is based on a line in the first of the Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke.  The line: And so I hold myself back and swallow the call-note of my dark sobbing.



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