By MEHNAZ TURNER
This past week I've been reading poet Ravi Shankar's collection of poems, Instrumentality. The book was published by Cherry Grove Collections in 2004. I'm about two-thirds of the way through this superbly crafted book. The poem's are linguistically sharp, lucid, and engaging. The language is bold and intense, yet also delicate. My favorite pieces include, "Returning from Hell's Kitchen" and "Shaking Free of Epiphany." There's something both intellectually and spiritually affirming about reading his work.
Mehnaz Turner was born in Pakistan and raised in southern California. She is a 2009 PEN USA Emerging Voices Fellow in Poetry. She is also a 2003 fellow of the South Coast Writing Project's Summer Institute. She holds degrees from the University of Arizona, The University of Texas at Austin, UC Santa Barbara, and Cal State Channel Islands. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in publications such as The Journal of Pakistan Studies, Cahoots Magazine, The Pedestal Magazine, Desilit Magazine, and An Anthology of California Poets. She has been teaching at Moorpark High School Since Fall 2006.