Rajni Shankar-Brown has given us not only a wonderful new word—tuluminous—but an equally inventive collection of poems. The verses glisten with the freshness and clarity of someone accustomed to swimming in two rivers, East and West. Awash with earned epiphanies, these poems are best sipped, not gulped. Better yet, sit back and them let wash over you like a cooling Monsoon rain.
—Eric Weiner, New York Times Bestselling Author and Former Correspondent for NPR
Rajni Shankar-Brown’s strident voice sings with social justice, one that is rooted in her bicultural experience, imbued with the ancient holy music of Sanskrit, and the luminosity of being alive in a brown body. Her profound empathy and expressions of sincerity power the flight of these poems, some of which are meant to be breathed into the air as performances, and others to be held close to the heart in intimate reflection. It’s clear the world must embrace diversity and redress inequality—Tuluminous is a marvelous and meaningful testimony of the power of language to heal and transform.
—Richard Blanco, Presidential Inaugural Poet and Education Ambassador of the Academy of American Poets
In Tuluminous, poet and scholar-educator Rajni Shankar-Brown elevates my lyrical senses. Her voice is so distinct, her observations so rich with detail and light, I find myself wrapped into her lines, not just reading them. She also elevates my sensibilities, like oxygen on the fire of my activist spirit. Tuluminous is what happens when poetry moves forward.
—Paul Gorski, Founder of Equity Literacy Institute
A festival for the senses, the poetry of Tuluminous sparkles and undulates, roars and radiates, soothes but illustrates that we must never be soothed into stagnation. Rajni Shankar-Brown: poet laureate of the just society.
—Irshad Manji, Founder of the Moral Courage Academy and New York Times Bestselling Author & winner of Oprah Magazine's Chutzpah Award