SONGS OF GALANGAL is a collection of poems by New
England storyteller and poet Nelson Suit.
One of the poems in the collection “Scarfed in Satin” was a
prize-winning poem previously published in the Connecticut River Review, the official journal of The Connecticut
Poetry Society. The remaining poems are
being published here for the first time.
You may think of these poems as love poems. But they are also more than that. “I think of them as poems in flight,” Suit
says. The poems are not logical; they
revolve around an absence – something missing and longed for. Meshed among images captured from islands off
the South China Sea are songs of sadness, hope, absence, but mostly seeking. They are laced with tropical thunder,
pounding summer rain, the spice of galangal.
The collection is comprised of eleven poems and five