The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets

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Jeet Thayil
Bloodaxe, 2008 - Poetry - 422 pages
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Jeet Thayil's definitive selection covers 55 years of Indian poetry in English. It is the first anthology to represent not just the major poets of the past half-century - the canonical writers who have dominated Indian poetry and publishing since the 1950s - but also the different kinds of poetry written by an extraordinary range of younger poets who live in many countries as well as in India. It is a groundbreaking global anthology of 70 poets writing in a common language responding to shared traditions, different cultures and contrasting lives in the changing modern world.
Thayil's starting-point is Nissim Ezekiel, the first important modern Indian poet after Tagore, who published his first collection in London in 1952. Aiming for "verticality" rather than chronology, Thayil's anthology charts a poetry of astonishing volume and quality. It pays homage to major influences, including Ezekiel, Dom Moraes and Arun Kolatkar, who died within months of each other in 2004. It rediscovers forgotten figures such as Lawrence Bantleman and Gopal Honnalgere, and it serves as an introduction to the poets of the future.
The book also shows that many Indian poets were mining the rich vein of 'chutnified' (Salman Rushdie's word) Indian English long before novelists like Rushdie and Upamanyu Chatterjee started using it in their fiction. It explains why Pankaj Mishra and Amit Chaudhuri have said that Indian poetry in English has a longer, more distinguished tradition than Indian fiction in English.

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I'll keep coming back to this book again and again. This is undoubtedly one of the best compilation of English poetry from India Read full review

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This is a copublication by Bloodaxe and FULCRUM -- the definitive anthology of current English-language poetry from India and from the Indian diaspora. This book puts India squarely on the map of ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
17
Aimee Nezhukumatathil b 1974
32
Kazim AH 1971
40
Srikanth Reddy b 1973
46
Sudesh Mishra 1962
52
Sashi or How Moon Could Mean
59
Mamang Dai 1959
65
David Dabydeen 1956
77
Des Esseintess Last Book
112
Vivek Narayanan 1972
113
Three Elegies for Silk Smitha
115
Ode to Prose
116
No More Indian Women 117 Not Far from the Mutiny Memorial
117
Manohar Shetty 1953
119
The Hyenas 120 Stills from Baga Beach
120
Moving
121

K Srilata 1968
83
Monsters
86
Falling
87
Vinay Dharwadker 1954
89
Walking toward the Horizon 90 Life Cycles
90
Mani Rao b 1965
91
Untitled
92
R Parthasarathy 1934
95
from The Concise Kamasutra
96
East Window
97
from A House Divided
98
Vijay Nambisan b 1963
99
Holy Holy
100
First Infinities
101
Madras Central
102
Cats Have No Language
103
Dirge
104
Monica Ferrell 1975
105
In the Gabinetti Segretti
106
Geburt des Monicakinds
107
Walking Home
108
In the Binary Alleys of the Lions Virus 109 Mohn des Gedachtnis
109
Alexander Leaves Babylon
110
The Lace World
111
The Old Printer 122 Torpor
122
Gifts
123
H Masud Taj b 1956
124
The Crocodile and the Monkey
137
from Sea Breeze
151
Saleem Peeradina b 1944
164
Home
178
Delhi Airport
191
A K Ramanujan 192993
196
Another Weather
219
Prageeta Sharma 1972
232
Vanita 1955
242
Gopi Kottoor 1956
255
A Toast with Karma
268
Daljit Nagra 1966
272
Post Mortem
278
Dilip Chitre 1938
284
Passing a Ruined Mill
290
Meena Alexander 1951
296
Mamta Kalia 1940
304
Debjani Chatterjee b 1952
308
Post Mortem
321
Lawrence Bantleman 194295
342
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