The Sri Lankan Loxodrome (Paperback)

By Will Alexander

New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9780811218290, 101pp.

Publication Date: September 29, 2009

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are but boulders which are shattered by spoilage
--Will Alexander

In navigation a loxodrome, or rhumb-line, is a line that crosses all meridians at the same angle, maintaining one compass direction, a path of constant bearing. In his breakthrough poetry collection, The Sri Lankan Loxodrome, Will Alexander connects this theme to a lone Sri Lankan sailor who beheads sea snakes as an ongoing meditation while sailing the expanse of the Indian Ocean. Along the way he meets various African communities as he journeys eastward, from Madagascar to Sri Lanka. In lush, perfumed language filled with the spirit of Aim C saire and Sun Ra, Alexander maps an epic voyage unlike any other in contemporary poetry.