"If you ever loved a Train or a Cornfield, while missing the star
worlds of your dream-time, you will hug this book to your heart. After
sipping these spare words your coffee will be a bit more bitter, and
your sugar a bit more sweet. It would be a pity if this soul dried up,
and so, I hope she never stops crying."
—Robin Lim, Spiritual healer, 2011 CNN Hero of the Year,
"After reading these poetic meditations, we feel heartened to
continue with our search for truth, peace, and inner beauty in the
journey we call life."
—Jaime Manrique, Contributing Editor in Writing at
BOMB magazine, author of Cervantes Street
"The heart of the wise lies quiet like the peaceful water.
This African proverb from Cameroon came to me as I bonded with Sasha's
poems. If poetry is an expression of the life search to achieve harmony
between the spiritual self and the physical self, then Sasha's
collection offers us great hope. Notwithstanding its esoteric and spiritual
nature, the work is amazingly political: it challenges
still-existing patriarchies, and the ease with which the poems recognize
various spiritual traditions rejects divisions created in the name of
—Eintou Pearl Springer, Poet Laureate, Port-of-Spain,
"Sasha's carefully crafted collection is revolutionary in
its attempt to portray the healing nexus between pure consciousness and human
living in the world. The poems
are intricate, quite formal in language and style, strong as written poems, but
they encourage you to hear them as you read—the essentially simple
sentences follow the shifts of a voice speaking naturally—and they make
you wish to hear the author reading (not performing) them."
—Dr. Ken Ramchand, Professor Emeritus, Colgate
University & University of the West Indies
"In Sasha's poetry the self is sensual, sensuous, and spiritual. One
of the major strengths of the collection is the economy that allows all
three to exist. In the constant quarrying and questioning of the word,
the poet locates herself within a long and eminent trajectory of writing
from Beckett to the present. But equally her insistence on the power
of silence and her sense of a cosmic force beyond human logic and
categorization place her unequivocally within a tradition of spiritual
—Dr. Jean Antoine-Dunne, critic and academic, author of
Derek Walcott's Love Affair with Film
Facebook Live Interview: Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 from 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm,
on the last day of OCTOBER which is DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH.
Title of Interview: Empowering Women through Transcendental Meditation
CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, Bob Roth, interviews Sasha Kamini Parmasad.
About the Author
KAMINI PARMASAD was born in Trinidad and Tobago and raised both there and in
New Delhi, India. She is the daughter of a Trinidadian
historian-poet-songwriter (now deceased) and a lawyer who devoted years of
their lives to social and cultural activist work in their native land.
revere and love the Word as a sacred and empowering tool, Sasha began composing
poetry at age five. From age six she was performing her father's socially
conscious compositions – poetry, Indian-Trinidadian folk songs, folk
tales, calypsos – on a national scale in Trinidad and Tobago. Awarded a
Williams College Scholarship, Sasha traveled to the United States in 1998 to
pursue an undergraduate degree. She received a Graduate Creative Writing Fellowship
from the School of the Arts, Columbia University, and completed her M.F.A.
degree in 2008. She has designed and taught writing and multi-arts courses in
programs at Columbia University and in community contexts. At present, she is
an Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing at Maharishi University of Management.
Sasha's first novel, placed third in the long fiction category in the First
Words Literary Contest for South Asian Writers in Washington D.C. Her early
essay "To Keep My Body Clean, To Breathe, To Give My Mind Rest" was
published by Routledge in the volume Why We Write: The Politics and
Practice of Writing for Social Change, while her more recent essays
"Looking: Life as Art" and "Writing With and Within an Awareness
of Silence" have been published on the Transcendental Meditation for Women
website. Sasha's poetry placed first in the annual Poetry International
competition and has appeared in a variety of online and print publications,
including Indivisible: An
Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry, Selfhood: Varieties of Experience
(an anthology for the faint of heart), Muse
India: Writings of the Indian Diaspora (Issue 23), and Poetry International no. 15 - 16.
Her recent projects include screenplays for two short narrative films, Land of Nothing (director, Amine Kouider)
A Tale of Self, Loss, and Love (director
and cowriter, Marc Baraka Strauch).
Associate Director of the Women's Health Initiative and a Lead Transcendental
Meditation (TM) Teacher at the David Lynch Foundation (DLF) in New York City,
Sasha continues to act in alignment with her deep belief that all people
deserve an equal opportunity to grow and reach their full potential in life.
Special Projects with the DLF have taken her from inner city schools in
Kingston, Jamaica, to inner city schools on the south side of Chicago. She
specializes in bringing TM to at-risk populations for example, young survivors
of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking, survivors of
domestic violence at the New York City Family Justice Centers, veterans with
PTSD, children with special needs and learning disabilities, those recovering
from substance use disorders, and those facing homelessness and poverty who
access the help of Services for the Underserved (S:US).
She also teaches TM in leadership circles, universities, and
corporate/government environments with the Center for Leadership Performance
(CLP). In 2016 and 2017 Sasha was a speaker on the Meditation Panel of New York
City's Annual Supportive Housing Conference, offering insights into TM as a
powerful and completely natural restorative practice.
In her free
time, Sasha enjoys dancing, taking long walks, and eating good food in good
company. She is currently working on a new collection of prose poems titled Inheritance.