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Nine Indian Women Poets: An Anthology

Nine Indian Women Poets: An Anthology
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Item Code: IDG369
Author: Editedby Eunice De Souza
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 0195658477
Pages: 96
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5" X 5.5"
About the Book:

This collection of witty, ironic, poignant, and technically assured poems is an example of some of the best contemporary Indian poetry today. The intention in bringing together these poems was to represent the growing maturity evident in the themes and styles of the poetry of Indian women. While it acquaints the reader with the variety in each poet's work, the prime consideration of Nine Indian Women Poets is the intrinsic quality of the poems themselves-their subject, their language, and craftsmanship. The anthology covers nine Indian women poets writing in English, representing two generations of post-Independence poets. Included here, with brief biographical introductions, are Kamala Das, Mamta Kalia, Melanie Silgardo, Eunice de Souza, Imtiaz Dharker, Smita Agarwal, Sujata Bhatt, Charmayne D'Souza, and Tara Patel. This book contains a general introduction which provides an overview of the work of Indian women poets since 1000 BC, and of relevant anthologies and other critical works. It is a must for those interested in contemporary poetry, especially by Indian women writing in English.

About the Author:

Eunice de Souza retired as the Head of the Department of English, St Xavier's College, Mumbai.

Excerpts from Review:

'There are ten good reasons to buy this book. Nine of them are the poets of the title.... The tenth is Eunice de Souza's no-nonsense introduction...'

-The Pioneer

'...this anthology is marked by an admirable maturity of prose...'

-Outlook

'Eunice de Souza's anthology is a meticulously edited version of female voices that constitute a spectrum in relocating a new territory.'

-Hindustan Times

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION1
KAMALA DAS7
From Summers in Calcutta
An Introduction10
From The Descendants
The Descendants11
Luminol12
The Doubt12
The Maggots13
Three P. M.13
The Joss-sticks at Cadell Road14
The Looking Glass15
From The Old Playhouse and Other Poems
The Old Playhouse15
The Stone Age16
MAMTA KALIA18
From Tribute to Papa and Other Poems
Tribute to Papa20
Sheer Good Luck21
Compulsions21
Made for Each Other22
Sunday Song22
Brat24
Dubious Lovers24
Positive Thinking25
From Poems '78
After Eight Years of Marriage25
From Hers
Anonymous26
MELANIE SILGARDO27
From Three Poets
1956-1976 A Poem29
Stationary Stop29
Child30
For Father on the Shelf31
The Earthworm's Story33
From Skies of Design
Do Not Tell the children33
Skies of Design34
Doris34
Cat35
Bird Broken36
EUNICE DE SOUZA37
From Fix
Catholic Mother39
Miss Louise39
For a Child, Not Clever40
Autobiographical41
From Women in Dutch Painting
Pilgrim42
The Road43
From Ways of Belonging
Bequest43
From Selected and New Poems
Landscape44
Outside Jaisalmer46
It's Time to Find a Place47
IMTIAZ DHARKER48
From Purdah
Purdah I50
Battle-line51
From Postcards from god
Words Find Mouths53
Living Space54
Eggplant55
Namesake55
8 January 199356
The List57
Minority58
SMITA AGARWAL60
From 'Glitch'
The Lie of the Land: A Letter to Chatwin62
The Salesman63
The Planetoid63
Daywatch in the Scriptorium64
The Word-worker65
A Grass Widow's Prayer65
Mediatrix66
'Our foster-nurse of nature is repose'67
Discord67
SUJATA BHATT69
From Brunizem
The Peacock73
For Paula Modersohn-Becker 1876-190774
The Women of Leh are such-75
A Different History75
Something for Plato76
Iris77
From Monkey Shadows
White Asparagus78
Kankaria Lake79
CHARMAYNE D'SOUZA82
From A Spelling Guide to Woman
When God First Made a Whore84
The White Line Down the Road to Minnesota85
I Would Like to Have a Movie Cowboy
for a Husband86
Strange Bedfellows86
God's Will?87
Judith88
TARA PATEL89
From Single Woman
Woman90
Request90
Calangute Beach, Goa II 91
In Bombay92
In a Working Women's Hostel93
Index of First Line95

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