Proma Tagore (born in Kolkata; visitor on unceded Coast Salish Territories)
“The first time I opened Lydia Kwa’s The Walking Boy it was a beautiful September afternoon in Vancouver, 2007. Redorangebrownyellow. Fallen leaves scattered on streets. Soft slant-wise sun, warm breeze, playing through windows, on skin, in a tiny upstairs attic apartment. I had been crashing on my friend’s mattress for a few months, having left my lover, my job, the city where I lived, my bearings. It is hard to separate the textures of all these from the story. Beginning with an intoxicating dream. autumn equinox. Chrysanthemum petals in wine. A poet’s dilemmas. The heart’s vision of a long-lost love and best friend. Epic quest. A perfect ending. Knowing that what you have been missing will return to you again.”
Proma Tagore is the author of a book of poetry, language is not the only thing that breaks. Born in Kolkata, India, she grew up in a small rural town in the Treaty 2 area of Manitoba, and now lives in Coast Salish territories. She is currently studying acupuncture and working in community health.