Archive | April 2004: Indian Poetry in English

The Celebrations of Life Aren’t Over Yet

Painting the House by Bibhu Padhi. Hyderabad: Orient Longman. 1999. 79 pp.

In Indian English poetry Bibhu Padhi belongs to the second generation of post-Independence poets.… continue reading...

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Spinning the Web

Bare Face by Jayanta Mahapatra. Kottayam: DC Books (India), 2000. $7.95.

As Reviewed By: Rabindra K. Swain

Today, when India is known abroad more for her fiction than her poetry, Jayanta Mahapatra’s sixteenth volume, Bare Face, arrives.… continue reading...

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A Home Away from Home

Uncollected Poems and Prose by A. K. Ramanujan. Edited by Molly Daniels-Ramanujan and Keith Harrison. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2001.

As Reviewed By: Rabindra K.continue reading...

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The Lost Children of America 

A Poem by Jayanta Mahapatra



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Speak, Ranjit

Reasons for Belonging: Fourteen Contemporary Indian Poets, edited by Ranjit Hoskote. Viking (New Delhi) 2002. 148 pages. 195 Rupees.

As Reviewed By: Rabindra K. Swain

“For a time,” warns Michael Roberts in his introduction to the first edition of the influential anthology The Faber Book of Modern Verse, “the false poem may be more popular than the true one could have been.” More than anybody else, it is the anthologist who must guard himself against self-deception in his principles of selection.… continue reading...

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Indispensable Books of  Indian Poetry in English

An inadequate but serviceable list

As Compiled By: Preston Merchant


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 the eroticism that animates much of Hindu iconography. … continue reading...

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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.… continue reading...

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Love and the Insurgency

Agha Shahid Ali (1949-2001)

By: Preston Merchant

After Agha Shahid Ali died on December 8, 2001, of brain cancer, Tehelka, an Indian website, presented an online tribute by his friends and admirers.… continue reading...

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The Lost Children of America

Here

in the dusty malarial lanes

of Cuttack where years have slowly lost their secrets

they wander

in these lanes nicked by intrigue and rain

and the unseen hands of gods

in front of a garish temple of the simian Hanuman

along river banks splattered with excreta and dung

in the crowded market square among rotting tomatoes

fish-scales and the moist warm odour of bananas and piss

passing by the big-breasted, hard-eyed young whores

who frequent the empty space behind the local cinema

by the Town Hall where corrupt politicians still

go on delivering their pre-election speeches

and on the high road above the town’s burning-ground

from which gluttonous tan smoke floats up

in the breeze, smacking of scorched marrow and doubt.… continue reading...

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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.… continue reading...

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