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Pure Lizard

Sujata Bhatt

Pure Lizard by Sujata Bhatt
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ISBN: 978 1 857548 33 4
Categories: 21st Century, Indian, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: February 2008
216 x 135 x 11 mm
96 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Transformation is the underlying theme of Sujata Bhatt's new collection, the title deriving from a mystical being with skin that is 'pure lizard'. The natural world is ever present in these poems; monkeys, crickets and bats reappear in new incarnations, and a field of organic sunflowers in Pennsylvania is juxtaposed with sunflowers grown out of the toxic soil of Chernobyl. Pure Lizard also documents artistic exchange in its many forms: Schiller's desk is taken to Buchenwald during the Second World War, and Jane Eyre haunts a laboratory in Baltimore. There are poems in response to music by composers as varied as Telemann, Bob Zieff, and Philip Glass, as well as a poetic correspondence with the Welsh writer Gillian Clarke about a writer's sense of home and place, to be broadcast by BBC Radio Drama.

    Sujata Bhatt is one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary poetry. She is, the New Statesman declared, 'one of the finest poets alive', and alive in a unique way to issues of politics and gender, to place and history, to different cultural and linguistic traditions.
    Sujata Bhatt was born in Ahmedabad, India. She grew up in Pune (India) and in the United States. She received her MFA from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. To date, she has published six collections of poetry with Carcanet Press. She received the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Asia) and ... read more
    Praise for Sujata Bhatt 'Sujata Bhatt leads the reader through the bright, familiar world and  on into the dark until her words pierce that darkness, offering a light  that will challenge and reward.'
    John F. Deane
    There is a freshness and clarity of physical perception in many of these poems - an exciting first collection, moving and invigorating Poetry Review
    the best volume by an Indian-English poet to appear since the 1970s Arc
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