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Bramah and the Beggar Boy



Renée Sarojini Saklikar

Renée Sarojini Saklikar’s ground-breaking poetry book about the bombing of Air India Flight 182, children of air india (2013), won the Canadian Authors Association Prize for Poetry and was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Her book Listening to the Bees (2018), co-authored with Dr. Mark Winston, won a gold medal in the Environment/Ecology category of the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Trained as a lawyer, Saklikar resides in Vancouver, BC, and is an instructor at Simon Fraser University and Vancouver Community College. She was the first Poet Laureate for the City of Surrey (2015–2018) and was the 2017 UBC Okanagan Writer in Residence. Curator of the poetry series Lunch Poems at SFU and the Poetry Phone (1-833-POEMS-4-U), she has seen her work adapted for opera, visual art and dance. THOT J BAP is her fantasy poetry epic.


Like James Merrill’s The Changing Light at Sandover, or Dionne Brand’s The Blue Clerk, Renee Sarojini Saklikar’s Bramah and the Beggar Boy is intellectually, geographically, and temporally wide-ranging: ambitious, and epic in scope. This is a poet’s generous and attenuated invitation to her readers to join her in a life-long project of unlocking and unbinding, of challenging the primacy of borders, the formal, the political and the self-imposed. Her themes are serious and sweeping but she also accommodates, as do all the best subversives, moments of wry humour, and the scandalous thrills of gossip. Bramah and the Beggar Boy is a journey of rare and rewarding discovery. The portal is deep. The portal is open. Take a deep breath. Jump.


  • IPPY Awards, Poetry-Specialty 2022, Winner
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    One afternoon, in an old house in an abandoned village on the outskirts of Perimeter, in the place they call Pacifica, Bramah and the beggar boy find fragments of an ancient text in an oak box. Hunched over scraps of parchment and broken computer disks, they blow the dust off a cover, and so our story begins.

    Steeped in the tradition of fairy tales, The Heart of This Journey Bears All Patterns (THOT J BAP) features a world in which a small band of resisters and survivors meet heartbreak and destruction with rhymes and resourceful skills such as soap and glass making, and a belief in the supernatural. Many things happen—some good, but most bad—including five eco-catastrophes and a viral bio-contagion. Shapeshifting in and out of it all is the nimble Bramah, a female locksmith, part human, part goddess—brown, brave and beautiful. Ten years in the making and described as “truly ambitious” by Stephen Collis, this work by award-winning poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar spans continents and centuries. Bramah and the Beggar Boy is the first instalment of the multi-part series.

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    368 Pages
    8.5in * 5.5in


    July 17, 2021


    Nightwood Editions



    Book Subjects:

    POETRY / General



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