About this book
Rajinderpal S. Pal's first, acclaimed collection, pappaji wrote poetry in a language i cannot read, was an exploration, a search not only for a place in the world, but for a sense of one's self.
Pulse is a collection of love poems, about the sharing of stories and the sharing of that discovered self. Pal writes about those moments in our lives that we cling to, then draw from as "we strive for fabric and texture" in our lives. With echoes of Ondaatje and Wah, Pal's magical, ringing voice sings intimate. These are sensual poems, explorations of "the pulse in fingertips," and Pulse, the book, is a mature, sophisticated collection of poetry from one of Canada's truest writers.
Pal's poems speak of reverence for those things the narrator knows he has distance from . . . his strengths come from the tensions just below the surface.
—The Globe & Mail
The excellence in this book is how it deftly operates between the personal and the national, between how people live their day-to-day lives in the systems in which they live them.
Both subtle and explicit in its narrative arc, Pulse
captures the longing for acceptance and forgiveness of the contemporary body.
There is an enviably wide range of sentiment, form and mode on display in this accomplished collection.
[Pal achieves a] richly layered text. . . as he threads the motif through the various byways of memory, remembrance, filial, ancestral, spiritual and carnal love. . . I loved it!
—Richard Stevenson, League of Canadian Poets website
. . . will make you feel the sum of life in a heartbeat. . .
. . .Yet, Pal is, with Shani Mootoo, a voice that will establish a dominant presence in English-Canadian letters.
—The Chronicle Herald