Archive | April 2004: Indian Poetry in English

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 Indian poets and novelists, for all the hype, is still but a ripple in publishing in terms of sheer numbers).… continue reading...

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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.… continue reading...

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

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