Archive | April, 2004

Is English Your Native Tongue?

As Reviewed By: John Drexel Belonging, by Dick Davis. Swallow Press/ Ohio University Press, 2002. 54 pages. cloth, $24.95; paper, $14.95. Landscape with Chainsaw, by James Lasdun. W. W. Norton, 2003. paper, $11.00. Soft Sift, by Mark Ford. Harcourt, 2003. 49 pages. cloth, $23.00. Books of poems often arrive on the reviewer’s desk in more […]

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At Home in the Several Worlds

The Oxford India Ramanujan, edited by Molly Daniels-Ramanujan (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2004) As Reviewed By: Preston Merchant It was a singular moment in the history of Indian letters when A. K. Ramanujan walked into the University of Chicago library one Saturday in 1962 and leafed through a box of musty, uncatalogued books, recently […]

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Reformulating Forms

A Close Reading of Two Contemporary Indian Poets As Reviewed By: Ravi Shankar The world’s largest secular democracy has been exporting its letters in English for a few literary generations, but in the wake of a few luminaries-Rabindranath Tagore or more recently, Arundhati Roy-many strident, lyrical voices have gone unrecognized (after all, this wave of […]

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A Conversation with Jayanta Mahapatra

As Interviewed By: Rabindra Swain & Preston Merchant Jayanta Mahapatra was born in 1928 in Cuttack, in the Indian state of Orissa. Trained as a scientist, he taught college physics for thirty-six years. He started writing poetry at age 40, quickly becoming one of India’s most celebrated poets and one of its best known abroad. […]

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Indispensable Books of Indian Poetry in English

an inadequate but serviceable list As Compiled By: Preston Merchant[private] Only the Soul Knows How to Sing: Selections from Kamala Das Das stopped writing poetry recently after converting to Islam, though she had been called “the first Hindu woman to write honestly about sexual feelings and love.” Her work is rich, unfettered, and charged with […]

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