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COLLECTED POEMS (Second Edition)
COLLECTED POEMS (Second Edition)
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Excerpts from Review:

'When Adil Jussawalla threw an impromptu party for Nissim's 70th birthday with wine from Vasai and pizzas from Colaba, there were three generations of poets roiling around him.

'Three generations of anything can create an awful amount of roil but three generations of poets who loved him, hated him, felt pity for him, tried to ignore him, took their revenge in public, apologised in private? It must have taken an awful lot of determination to continue to "only connect".

'But he was a man who reached out, who was accessible in a way few people can be.'

-Jerry Pinto, Mid-day

'When I was a boy we used to meet at the Naaz cafe on a rooftop in Cumballa Hill. He would look beyond the chairs and tables to the open sea, a cigarette in his long fingers, and smile his kindly smile, contented with this time and this place. He had the gift, given only to a few people, of being happy with small and humble things.'

-Dom Moraes, Outlook

'Over the last decade he was less a poet than a patriarch among Bombay poets, chatting, advising, joking as he read their poems and tried to place them somewhere. Though forthright, he was seldom blunt, never pontificated and normally put his views across with considerable wit. He was a friend and not a mentor. He had more or less sloughed off his earlier roles-art critic, literary editor of important journals, radical humanist a la M. N. Roy, book reviewer, and lucid and sometimes trenchant prose as V. S. Naipaul discovered to his discomfiture.'

-Keki N. Daruwalla, The Hindu

'Ezekiel's poetry described love, loneliness, lust, creativity and political pomposity, human foibles and the "kindred clamour" of urban dissonance. He echoed England's postwar Movement (Philip Larkin, DJ Enright and Ted Hughes) but honed a distinct, ironic voice, moving from strict metre to free verse.'

-Lawrence Joffe, The Guardian

'his tight rhymed quatrains...displayed a wry, dryly mischievous sense of humour and an eye that was observant and sympathetic at once.'

-Dom Moraes, Outlook

'He was a poet of the heart, of failure, of doubt, of "the unquiet mind, the emptiness within", someone who revelled in rodent-like explorations of love.'

-Keki N. Daruwalla, The Hindu

'By absorbing the lessons of modernism and making his poetic debut in an idiom that remains fresh after 50 years, he showed the way to his younger contemporaries...Someone in a mood for coining phrases could justifiably identify all contemporary Indian English poets as the tribe of Ezekiel.'

-Kaiser Haq, University of Dhaka

'Nissim Ezekiel radicalised the subject matter of poetry: not just the "barbaric city" but how to find viable way of living in and relating to it.'

-Eunice de Souza

CONTENTS

Preface
by LEELA GANDHI
xiii
Introduction
by JOHN THIEME
xix
A TIME TO CHANGE (1952)1
A Time to Change3
On an African Mask6
Communication7
The Double Horror7
On Meeting a Pedant8
Robert9
The Worm10
An Affair11
In Emptiness11
History12
Poetry13
Something to Pursue14
Morning Prayer20
A Word for the Wind21
The Great21
Advice22
Words in a Gentle Wind23
Occupation24
The Old Woman24
And God Revealed25
Commitment26
Birth26
To a Certain Lady27
Failure30
Year's End31
Planning31
Preferences32
The Prophet33
Reading33
Declaration34
Encounter34
SIXTY POEMS (1953)37
NEW POEMS
A Poem of Dedication39
The Stone40
The Crows41
Song42
Situation43
Lines43
A Visitor44
Portrait44
For William Carlos Williams45
Marriage Poem46
Boss47
Two Nights of Love47
Description48
The Old Abyss48
A Poem of Blindness49
Scriptures49
Nothingness50
Foresight51
Sotto Voce51
POEMS (1951-1)
Speech and Silence53
Prayer I54
Prayer II55
Transmutation56
The Child56
Song for Spring57
Night Piece58
Day59
Nakedness I60
Nakedness II60
Remember and Forget61
Tribute62
Squirrel62
Confession63
After Rain63
Illness64
A Song, A Violin64
My Cat65
A Short Story66
For Her67
The Female Image68
Episode68
The Fisher man69
The Stuffed Owl70
Song71
Penitence71
Lamentation72
I Wore a Mask72
Psalm 15173
I Told the Thames73
Love Song74
Nocturne74
Agony in the Morning75
First Theme and Variations75
Second Theme and Variations77
Cain78
Creation79
EARLY POEMS (1945-8)80
The Problem80
The Recluse80
Townlore81
Question82
Delighted by Love82
Dualism83
Invocation83
Heart-hardening84
Report84
THE THIRD (1958)85
POEMS, JANUARY 1954 TO DECEMBER 1958
Portrait87
Division87
For Her88
Waking89
Admission89
Memo for a Venture90
Advice91
Paean92
Aside93
Declaration93
Tonight94
The Cur95
In the Queue96
Conclusion96
Two Adolescents97
At the Party98
Episode98
Wisdom99
Encounter100
Prayer100
Insight101
Insectlore102
Song of Desolation103
Sparrows103
Midmonsoon Madness104
Gallantry105
What Frightens Me106
Sonnet107
Night and Day107
Letter from Rangoon108
Situation109
Road Repairs110
For Love's Record110
The Language of Lovers111
At the Hotel112
December '58112
THE UNFINISHED MAN (1960)115
POEMS (1959)
Urban117
Enterprise117
A Morning Walk119
Love Sonnet120
Commitment121
Morning Prayer122
Event122
Marriage123
Case Study124
Jamini Roy125
THE EXACT NAME (1965)127
POEMS (1960-4)
Philosophy129
Night of the Scorpion130
In India131
Perspective134
Poet, Lover, Birdwatcher135
Poetry Reading136
Beachscene136
The Visitor137
Virginal138
Paradise Flycatcher139
A Woman Observed140
A Warning141
Progress141
Love Poem142
Two Images143
Fruit143
In Retrospect144
Platonic145
Art Lecture145
A Conjugation146
POEMS (1965-74)
Transparently149
Three Women150
In the Theatre151
A Small Summit152
Motives15
After Reading a Prediction155
Theological156
In the Country Cottage158
Testament159
In Twenty-four Lines160
Lawn161
Happening163
process164
POEMS WRITTEN IN 1974
The Truth about Dhanya169
At Fifty170
Talking171
Drawing Room172
Notes172
The Poet Contemplates his Inaction173
Haiku174
HYMNS IN DARKNESS (1976)175
Subject of Change177
Cry178
Background, Casually179
Island182
The Couple183
The Railway Clerk184
The Truth about the Floods185
On Bellasis Road188
Goodbye Party for Miss Pushpa T.S.190
Guru191
Distance192
Entertainment193
For Satish Gujral194
Poem of the Separation195
Rural Suite196
London198
How the English Lesson Ended200
Ganga202
Tone Poem203
Advice to a painter204
Tribute to the Upanishads205
The Room206
Mind207
Poster Poems208
The Egoist's Prayers212
Passion Poems214
Hymns in Darkness217
LATTER-DAY PSALMS (1982)227
Counsel229
Poverty Poem230
Healers231
Hangover232
Warning: Two Sonnets233
Jewish Wedding in Bombay234
Minority Poem236
from Very Indian Poems in Indian English237
from Songs for Nandu Bhende240
from Postcard Poems244
Nudes 1978245
Latter-Day Psalms252
POEMS (1983-1988)
Torso of a Woman265
Woman and Child265
from Very Indian poems in Indian English268
The Way it Went270
Sub-conscious271
A Different Way271
At 62273
Ten Poems in the Greek Anthology Mode274
Occasion277
The Fence278
A Film Fable279
Blessings280
Cleaning Up283
To the Sun284
More Songs for Nandu Bhende285
An Atheist Speaks287
Death of a Hen288
from Edinburgh Interlude289
Recently found, among the late poet's papers-
The Second Candle296

COLLECTED POEMS (Second Edition)

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Excerpts from Review:

'When Adil Jussawalla threw an impromptu party for Nissim's 70th birthday with wine from Vasai and pizzas from Colaba, there were three generations of poets roiling around him.

'Three generations of anything can create an awful amount of roil but three generations of poets who loved him, hated him, felt pity for him, tried to ignore him, took their revenge in public, apologised in private? It must have taken an awful lot of determination to continue to "only connect".

'But he was a man who reached out, who was accessible in a way few people can be.'

-Jerry Pinto, Mid-day

'When I was a boy we used to meet at the Naaz cafe on a rooftop in Cumballa Hill. He would look beyond the chairs and tables to the open sea, a cigarette in his long fingers, and smile his kindly smile, contented with this time and this place. He had the gift, given only to a few people, of being happy with small and humble things.'

-Dom Moraes, Outlook

'Over the last decade he was less a poet than a patriarch among Bombay poets, chatting, advising, joking as he read their poems and tried to place them somewhere. Though forthright, he was seldom blunt, never pontificated and normally put his views across with considerable wit. He was a friend and not a mentor. He had more or less sloughed off his earlier roles-art critic, literary editor of important journals, radical humanist a la M. N. Roy, book reviewer, and lucid and sometimes trenchant prose as V. S. Naipaul discovered to his discomfiture.'

-Keki N. Daruwalla, The Hindu

'Ezekiel's poetry described love, loneliness, lust, creativity and political pomposity, human foibles and the "kindred clamour" of urban dissonance. He echoed England's postwar Movement (Philip Larkin, DJ Enright and Ted Hughes) but honed a distinct, ironic voice, moving from strict metre to free verse.'

-Lawrence Joffe, The Guardian

'his tight rhymed quatrains...displayed a wry, dryly mischievous sense of humour and an eye that was observant and sympathetic at once.'

-Dom Moraes, Outlook

'He was a poet of the heart, of failure, of doubt, of "the unquiet mind, the emptiness within", someone who revelled in rodent-like explorations of love.'

-Keki N. Daruwalla, The Hindu

'By absorbing the lessons of modernism and making his poetic debut in an idiom that remains fresh after 50 years, he showed the way to his younger contemporaries...Someone in a mood for coining phrases could justifiably identify all contemporary Indian English poets as the tribe of Ezekiel.'

-Kaiser Haq, University of Dhaka

'Nissim Ezekiel radicalised the subject matter of poetry: not just the "barbaric city" but how to find viable way of living in and relating to it.'

-Eunice de Souza

CONTENTS

Preface
by LEELA GANDHI
xiii
Introduction
by JOHN THIEME
xix
A TIME TO CHANGE (1952)1
A Time to Change3
On an African Mask6
Communication7
The Double Horror7
On Meeting a Pedant8
Robert9
The Worm10
An Affair11
In Emptiness11
History12
Poetry13
Something to Pursue14
Morning Prayer20
A Word for the Wind21
The Great21
Advice22
Words in a Gentle Wind23
Occupation24
The Old Woman24
And God Revealed25
Commitment26
Birth26
To a Certain Lady27
Failure30
Year's End31
Planning31
Preferences32
The Prophet33
Reading33
Declaration34
Encounter34
SIXTY POEMS (1953)37
NEW POEMS
A Poem of Dedication39
The Stone40
The Crows41
Song42
Situation43
Lines43
A Visitor44
Portrait44
For William Carlos Williams45
Marriage Poem46
Boss47
Two Nights of Love47
Description48
The Old Abyss48
A Poem of Blindness49
Scriptures49
Nothingness50
Foresight51
Sotto Voce51
POEMS (1951-1)
Speech and Silence53
Prayer I54
Prayer II55
Transmutation56
The Child56
Song for Spring57
Night Piece58
Day59
Nakedness I60
Nakedness II60
Remember and Forget61
Tribute62
Squirrel62
Confession63
After Rain63
Illness64
A Song, A Violin64
My Cat65
A Short Story66
For Her67
The Female Image68
Episode68
The Fisher man69
The Stuffed Owl70
Song71
Penitence71
Lamentation72
I Wore a Mask72
Psalm 15173
I Told the Thames73
Love Song74
Nocturne74
Agony in the Morning75
First Theme and Variations75
Second Theme and Variations77
Cain78
Creation79
EARLY POEMS (1945-8)80
The Problem80
The Recluse80
Townlore81
Question82
Delighted by Love82
Dualism83
Invocation83
Heart-hardening84
Report84
THE THIRD (1958)85
POEMS, JANUARY 1954 TO DECEMBER 1958
Portrait87
Division87
For Her88
Waking89
Admission89
Memo for a Venture90
Advice91
Paean92
Aside93
Declaration93
Tonight94
The Cur95
In the Queue96
Conclusion96
Two Adolescents97
At the Party98
Episode98
Wisdom99
Encounter100
Prayer100
Insight101
Insectlore102
Song of Desolation103
Sparrows103
Midmonsoon Madness104
Gallantry105
What Frightens Me106
Sonnet107
Night and Day107
Letter from Rangoon108
Situation109
Road Repairs110
For Love's Record110
The Language of Lovers111
At the Hotel112
December '58112
THE UNFINISHED MAN (1960)115
POEMS (1959)
Urban117
Enterprise117
A Morning Walk119
Love Sonnet120
Commitment121
Morning Prayer122
Event122
Marriage123
Case Study124
Jamini Roy125
THE EXACT NAME (1965)127
POEMS (1960-4)
Philosophy129
Night of the Scorpion130
In India131
Perspective134
Poet, Lover, Birdwatcher135
Poetry Reading136
Beachscene136
The Visitor137
Virginal138
Paradise Flycatcher139
A Woman Observed140
A Warning141
Progress141
Love Poem142
Two Images143
Fruit143
In Retrospect144
Platonic145
Art Lecture145
A Conjugation146
POEMS (1965-74)
Transparently149
Three Women150
In the Theatre151
A Small Summit152
Motives15
After Reading a Prediction155
Theological156
In the Country Cottage158
Testament159
In Twenty-four Lines160
Lawn161
Happening163
process164
POEMS WRITTEN IN 1974
The Truth about Dhanya169
At Fifty170
Talking171
Drawing Room172
Notes172
The Poet Contemplates his Inaction173
Haiku174
HYMNS IN DARKNESS (1976)175
Subject of Change177
Cry178
Background, Casually179
Island182
The Couple183
The Railway Clerk184
The Truth about the Floods185
On Bellasis Road188
Goodbye Party for Miss Pushpa T.S.190
Guru191
Distance192
Entertainment193
For Satish Gujral194
Poem of the Separation195
Rural Suite196
London198
How the English Lesson Ended200
Ganga202
Tone Poem203
Advice to a painter204
Tribute to the Upanishads205
The Room206
Mind207
Poster Poems208
The Egoist's Prayers212
Passion Poems214
Hymns in Darkness217
LATTER-DAY PSALMS (1982)227
Counsel229
Poverty Poem230
Healers231
Hangover232
Warning: Two Sonnets233
Jewish Wedding in Bombay234
Minority Poem236
from Very Indian Poems in Indian English237
from Songs for Nandu Bhende240
from Postcard Poems244
Nudes 1978245
Latter-Day Psalms252
POEMS (1983-1988)
Torso of a Woman265
Woman and Child265
from Very Indian poems in Indian English268
The Way it Went270
Sub-conscious271
A Different Way271
At 62273
Ten Poems in the Greek Anthology Mode274
Occasion277
The Fence278
A Film Fable279
Blessings280
Cleaning Up283
To the Sun284
More Songs for Nandu Bhende285
An Atheist Speaks287
Death of a Hen288
from Edinburgh Interlude289
Recently found, among the late poet's papers-
The Second Candle296
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