poetry and other artifacts



Jaswinder Bolina’s second book of poetry is a stunning performance, as beautiful, accomplished, and memorable as any volume of poetry I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Arriving at the last poem in this fine work, all I could feel was a hunger for more, and the deepest gratitude for Bolina’s rare intellectual and artistic gifts.

— Charles Johnson, author of Turning the WheelMiddle Passage, and Oxherding Tale


Carrier WaveThis, Jaswinder Bolina’s first major volume of poetry, is a brilliant invention. With a delight that in no way denies the desperateness of the palimpsested circumstances in which the world is embedded, Bolina bears witness to “the crooning / of our life and times. // The compacted units / The impenetrable whole.” In that last phrase, of course, we hear an echo from George Oppen’s Of Being Numerous, where he speaks of “the pure joy / Of the mineral fact // Tho it is impenetrable.” But if he has Oppen’s sense of the unfathomable nature of what exists, he also displays in his work a polycultural erudition that bears comparison with that of Ezra Pound’s Cantos. Jaswinder Bolina is a bard, and his Carrier Wave is a magisterial achievement.

 — Lyn Hejinianauthor of The Fatalist, The Beginner, and My Life