has been writing poetry for over 20 years and her poems have been published
in anthologies and literary magazines. Her first collection of poems
entitled Dance of the Peacock has just been published to critical
acclaim through her own publishing company, In Our Words.
are vignettes of the human experience that capture the trials and angst of
people in transition and women in subjugation, painted against a vivid
landscape of the Indian sub-continent.
Cheryl is the
Chair of the Peel region branch of the Canadian Federation of Poets and a
member of The Ontario Poetry Society and the Mississauga Arts Council.
She is also a
playwright and her first play, a comedy, is under production through SAWITRI
(South Asian Women’s Inter-cultural Theatre and Research Initiative) and
will be staged at the Mosaic festival in Mississauga in June 2008.
Dance of the Peacock
In Our Words
with A Type of Magic
Dance of the Peacock:
the Peacock is a beautifully crafted display of scintillating poetry in
a divine layout that is delicious to the senses. It is a gracious voyage
through a lifetime of experiences and observations. Cheryl conquers any
topic and extracts gifts that you may not be conscious of, but are now
She uses all
elements of creativity to provide not just a reading adventure, but a
destination of enlightenment."
Bestselling author of 31 Days to Millionaire Marketing Miracles
President and Founder of the Canadian Federation of Poets
Editor and Founder of Poetry Canada magazine
is one of Canada's rising stars in poetry.
Dance of The Peacock is her first full
collection, comprising beautifully crafted melodies which will carry you
away on the “wings of the wind” to exotic and faraway places. Her lucid,
reflective poems on human relationships, placed within a fascinating
landscape of colourful proportions, evoke the emotional climate and backdrop
of the poet’s life.
The variety of
sections make the book an easy read, and you will be entertained by the
masterful and subliminal messages which are portrayed with wit and wisdom."
I.B. (Bunny) Iskov, Founder,
The Ontario Poetry Society
out from this iridescent turquoise fan-tailed language-rich poetry is an
energetic hope. The softer tones go deep. The gentle narratives, the
elegies, the sweet ghazals, the imagistic brevity of haiku give variety of
voice to the work. In [Antao-Xavier’s] introduction she concludes in an
intimate address to the reader, “My own dance has been a long time in
rehearsal and now begins in earnest.” This dance within this book is mature
and well worth the wait."
Reviewed by John B. Lee, Poet
Laureate of Brantford