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The Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets

The Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets

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Item Code: IDD658

by Ed. By. Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

Paperback (Edition: 2003)

Oxford India Paperbacks
ISBN 019-562867-5

Language: English
Size: 8.5" X 5.5"
Pages: 200
Weight of the Book: 212 gms
Price: $19.00   Shipping Free
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Description

About the Book:

In this book, Mehrotra has put together an unusually sensitive selection of fine verse in English by some of his best contemporaries. Many of the poems chosen either present new facets of recognized faces, or deliberately differ from those repeatedly on offer in the more standard, mimic anthologies. An insightful and analytical commentary includes essential biographical information, and introduces each of the poets. Although brief, these introductory pieces are so well written as to be of interest in themselves.

The poets who appear in this anthology are Nissim Ezekiel, Jayanta Mahapatra, A.K. Ramanujan, Arun Kolatkar, Keki N. Daruwalla, Dom Moraes, Dilip Chitre, Eunice de Souza, Adil Jussawalla, Agha Shahid Ali, Vikram Seth, and Manohar Shetty.

A must for those interested in poetry, this book will also be appreciated by those who would like to know more about the poetic usage of English in contemporary India.

About the Author:

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra is a well-known poet, translator and critic-historian.

Excerpts from Reviews:

'…the lengthy but absorbing introduction manifests a learned mind who's done enough spadework to undertake such a venture…'

-Economic Times

'[Mehrotra's] brilliant introduction and notes on individual poets convey to us the complexities of their careers and imaginations, and give us a sense of a tradition of Indian verse in English…'

-Times Literary Supplement

 

Preface

I could not have edited this anthology without the co-operation of its poets. They sent me such books of theirs as I did not possess, and made available their scattered prose writting and interview: my files are thick with newspaper clippings offerprits, photocopies. These became the basis of the indrouctiory notes in which, as far as possible, I try and describe the work of each poet in his own words. The criticism of Indian poety in English that has come out of our universities' English Department is both voluminous and of inferior quality, and is best left alone.

The footnotes and select bibliography, however, do not indicate some other debts: to Madhusudan Parsad, for the loan of two book; to Vandana, my wife, for her patience; to my editors and printer for their editorial care; and to Sara Rai and Smita Aggarwal for offering help when I needed it most.

ARIVIND KRISHNA MEHROTRA

 






 

 

Contents

PREFACE

INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION

NISSIM EZEKIEL

    A Poem of Dedication
    My Cat
    For Love's Record
    Case Study
    Poet, Lover, Birdwatcher
    Paradise Flycatcher
    Two Images
    After Reading a Prediction

JAYANTA MAHAPATRA

    A Rain of Rites
    I Hear My Fingers Sadly Touching an Ivory Key
    Hunger
    Hands
    The Moon Moments
    A Kind of Happiness
    The Door
    The Abandoned British Cemetery at Balasore
    The Captive Air of Chandipur-on-Sea
    Of that Love
    The Vase
    Days
    Waiting

A.K. RAMANUJAN

    The Striders
    Breaded Fish
    Looking for a Cousin on a Swing
    Self-Portrait
    Anxiety
    Case History
    Love Poem for a Wife.
    The Hindoo: the Only Risk
    Snakes and Ladders
    On the Death of a Poem
    Highway Stripper
    Moulting
    Chicago Zen

ARUN KOLATKAR

    Woman
    Suicide of Rama
    Irani Restaurant Bombay
    Crabs
    Biograph
    From Jejuri
    • The Bus
      Heart of Ruin
      Chaitanya
      A Low Temple
      The Pattern
      The Househoe Shrine
      Manohar
      Chaitanya
      The Butterfly
      A Scratch
      Ajamil and the Tigers
      Chaitanya
      Between Jejuri and the Railway Station
      The Railway Station

KEKI N. DARUWALLA

    Hawk
    The King Speaks to the Scribe
    The Unrest of Desire
    Wolf
    Fish are Speared by Night
    Chinar
    Night Fishing

DOM MORAES

    Autobiography
    Words to a Boy
    Two from Israel
    Prophet
    Key
    From Interludes
    • VII. Library
  • Sinbad
    From Steles
    1. The word works. The world doesn't
    2. What is this adrift from Chile
    3. On my stele, mark colours
    4. She in her youth arose
    5. Time and the river, aflame
    6. Floes creak out of the north
  • Future Plans

DILIP CHITRE

    The Light of Birds Breaks the Lunatic's Sleep
    From Travelling in a Cage
    1. I Came in the middle of my life to a
    2. The door I was afraid to open
    3. All I hear is the fraying of the wind
    4. I woke up and looked at my empty white bed
    5. Where can I hide now in this
    6. O quick knives curving into the core
  • In Limbo
    Pushing a Cart
    Of Garlic and Such
    The Felling of the Banyan Tree
    Father Returning Home
    Panhala

EUNICE DE SOUZA

    Feeding the Poor at Christmas
    Sweet Sixteen
    Miss Louise
    Forgive Me, Mother
    For My Father, Dead Young
    de Souza Prabhu
    Women in Dutch Painting
    She and I
    Eunice
    Advice to Women
    For Rita's Daughter, Just Born
    From Five London Pieces
    • III. Meeting Poets

ADIL JUSSAWALLA

I.3 A _______'s a giggle now
I.6 Black vamps break out of hell
I.7 In a brief clearing
I.9 He travels the way of devotion
I.13 Less time for kicks
II.1 No Satan
II.2 His hands were slavish
II.5 Few either/ors
    Land's End
    Evening on a Mountain
    Halt X
    Bats
    From Missing Person
  • Nine Poems on Arrival
    Freedom Song
    Connection

AGHA SHAHID ALI

    Postcard from Kashmir
    Snowmen
    Cracked Portraits
    The Decca Gauzes
    The Season of the Plains
    The Previous Occupant

VIKRAM SETH

    Guest
    The Humble Administrator's Garden
    Evening Wheat
    The Accountant's House
    From an 'East is Red' Steamer
    Ceasing Upon the Midnight
    Unclaimed
    From The Golden Gate
    Soon

MANOHAR SHETTY

    Fireflies
    Foreshadows
    Gifts
    Wounds
    Domestic Creatures
    Bats
    Departures
    Moving Out

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX OF TITLES

INDEX OF FIRST LINES

Sample Page


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