Art and Science

Parasitic Oscillations (2022)

“Anand’s attention to and ability to evoke explicit, exponential beauty in scientific and natural form are simply stunning. . . . in every measure a triumph.” –Publishers Weekly

“Fluctuating through extreme highs and lows, both emotional and environmental, while examining a myriad of philosophical and ethical dilemmas, Parasitic Oscillations is an enlightening, thought-provoking, and profoundly beautiful work that both informs and questions. “- From Penguin Random House Canada

This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart by Madhur Anand (2020)


An experimental memoir about Partition, immigration, and generational storytelling that weaves together the poetry of memory with the science of embodied trauma using the imagined voices of the past and the vital authority of the present. We begin before the red line is drawn across Punjab, with a man off balance: one in one thousand, the only child in town whose polio leads to partial paralysis. We meet his future wife, on the wrong side of the red line that has now been drawn, chanting Hey Rams for Gandhiji and choosing education over marriage. On one side of the line that divides this book, we follow them as their homeland splits in two and they are drawn together, moving to Canada and raising their children in mining towns, on Indigenous reservations, in crowded city apartments. And when we turn the book over, we find the daughter’s tale—we see how the rupture of Partition, the asymmetry of a father’s leg, the virus of a mother’s rage, makes its way to the next generation. Told through the lenses of biology, physics, history and poetry, this is a memoir that defies form and convention to immerse the reader in the feeling of what remains when we’ve heard as much of the truth as our families will allow, and we’re left to search for ourselves among the pieces they’ve carried with them. More info:

A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes

In Madhur Anand’s poems the ancient false dichotomy between art and science collapses, and does so with such grace, wit, and élan you’d think this had been its purpose all along. These poems are alive with the potency of their own hybrid attentions – rapt, nimble, and capable of unlocking the energies asleep in eco-scientific jargon as well as popular culture and the poet’s Indian heritage. Here is a writing full of linguistic and conceptual verve, essential reading for all of us interested in poetry and the ecological arts.”  
–Don McKay, Griffin Poetry Prize–winning author of Strike/Slip

TEDx Talk

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Regreen: New Canadian Ecological Poetry

In this highly timely and one-of-a-kind collection, Madhur Anand and Adam Dickinson have brought together a who’s who of contemporary Canadian ecological poets from across the country and across the spectrum of form—from traditional to experimental—who are united in their attention to our relationship with the environment, and to re-imagining that relationship.

a fresh approach towards our most urgent concern.”      Tim Lilburn