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
'[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
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
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