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The Swirling Crosswinds of a Made-up Metric

Alan Williamson, The Pattern More Complicated: New and Selected Poems. University of Chicago Press, 2004. 245 pp. As Reviewed By: James Rother At your next party, try this on your poetry-loving guests. Ask if they can identify the trendy work in a foreign language from which the following, titled “Fallings from Us, Vanishings,” has been […]

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Englishing Ovid

Concerning Some Recent Versions of the Metamorphoses by Ovid. As Reviewed By: James Rother [Unless otherwise attributed, all translations are the author’s.] It is remarkable, but hardly strange, that the works of Roman poet Publius Ovidius Naso (better known as Ovid [43 B.C.-17 A.D.], and spanning the emperies of Augustus and Tiberius), have been enjoying […]

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The Celebrations of Life Aren’t Over Yet

In Indian English poetry Bibhu Padhi belongs to the second generation of post-Independence poets. Some of his active contemporaries are Meena Alexander, Agha Shahid Ali and Vikram Seth. Writing for the last twenty five years, Padhi has carved a niche for himself in Indian English poetry.

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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. Hopefully, it will win some readers, interested in that country’s literature, from the former genre. When Jayanta Mahapatra started […]

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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. Swain A. K. Ramanujan passed away in 1993, at the age of 64, in Chicago, where he had served at the university as William E. Colvin Professor. He had […]

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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 […]

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Surveying the Landscape

Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions by Maurice Manning. Yale University Press, 2001. Small Gods of Grief by Laura-Anne Bosselaar. Boa Editions, 2001. Saunter by Joshua Mckinney. University of Georgia Press, 2001. As Reviewed By: Ravi Shankar Every year, with the regularity of migrating birds, a new flock of first poetry books takes wing, usually with […]

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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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Tallying the Hemispheres 

Crucible by Daniel Bosch. Winner of the Boston Review’s First Annual Poetry Contest. Handsel Books, 2002. Discography by Sean Singer. Yale Series of Younger Poets. Yale University Press, 2002. As Reviewed By: Ravi Shankar Daniel Bosch, who won the Boston Review’s annual poetry contest for his first book Crucible, is a “poet’s poet”, a distinction […]

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Output and Ingathering: A Survey of First Books 

Notes from the Divided Country by Suji Kwock Kim. Louisiana State University Press, 2003. 20 Poems by Seán MacFalls. Peregrine Press, 2001. Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive by Patrick Rosal. Persea Books, 2003. As Reviewed By: Ravi Shankar Like the saw of a New England farmer, transplanted from rockier soil, when the leaves turn fiery […]

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