Praise for Cracked Asphalt:
‘In this substantial body of work, Sree Sen navigates a shifting sense of self as she moves through Ireland and India. Her poems offer deep and gentle explorations of femininity, race, and belonging in both locations. Sen deftly commands every aspect of her poems, from the line to the page, with a characteristic thoughtfulness. This debut pamphlet showcases the beauty of poetry as a space of experimentation and figuring out. To draw on her own words, Sen achieves a powerful poetics of “coming together, splintering apart”.’
— Poet, academic, critic, and activist Dr Julie Morrissy.
‘Like a Pfeilströche, arrow stork, these poems reach us from afar. They bring evidence of a life lived for better ‘I dreamt of going home… of love restored in spicy/ ginger tea, freckles and wrinkled touch.’ or for worse ‘my character attached to my neckline’ and are themselves proof of living ‘easier to love in Dublin, here I’m not pretending to be/ someone else,’ but not always easy living ‘racists, invincible under streetlights.’ These poems are unflinching in their truth telling. The worlds they describe are complex and highlight that there is no easy way between places. Sree Sen’s poems are shocking and beautiful. They will help you see differently the pain and the beauty of a life.’
— Poet and facilitator Fióna Bolger.
Reviews by Poetry Book Society, Buzz magazine UK, and others.