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Srinivas Rayaprol

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Books by this author: Angular Desire
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  • Srinivas Rayaprol was born in 1925 in Secunderabad. He studied in Nizam College, Hyderabad and at the Banaras Hindu University before going to Stanford University from where he obtained an M.S. in Civil Engineering. While in the U.S., he started writing poetry in English and interacted closely with writers like William Carlos Williams, Yvor Winters, and James Laughlin. His correspondence with Williams has been published as Why Should I Write a Poem Now: The Letters of Srinivas Rayaprol and William Carlos Williams, 1949-1958 (2018), edited by Graziano Krätli. His books of poetry include Bones and Distances (1968), Married Love and Other Poems (1972) and Selected Poems (1995).
    'Rayaprol's lyric voice is inflected by a thorny, sensuous turn of phrase... It is useful to think of Rayaprol grappling with the materials and structures available to him to fashion an idiom of his own... There is perspective and depth in his retrospective observations, a sense of a life lived and a quiet resolution, communicated as the poet looks back on the body of work he has produced'

    Saba Ahmed, Poetry London

     'Angular Desire is a landmark anthology of modern Indian poetry... Rayaprol's poetry borrows, with a bee-like instinct, from various traditions, some homegrown, others imported... It is mobilised by Rayaprol's disquiet to find a language to represent all the possibilities of his present moment'

    Mantra Mukim, Review 31
     'The selection is both a literary gift and an archival treasure, illuminating the work of a poet who was in many ways out of synch with his time... it is a poetry of glimpses and gestures, accompanied by moments of utter intensity that the reader will cherish.'

    Emma Bird, The Poetry Review
      'Rayaprol shapes the voices and traditions in his head into a new nest of words - smooth, nourishing, timelessly spring-like.'

    Carol Rumens, 'Godhuli Time' Poem of the Week in The Guardian
      
    'The imagistic lightness and sparseness of Rayaprol's writing is present throughout the book. Elsewhere there's a neo-Victorian sentimentality that, as Ravinthiran's excellent introduction points out, is a function of a colonial discourse and the inescapability of the English poet for Indian writers.'

    Sandeep Parmar, PBS Spring 2020 Bulletin
    Awards won by Srinivas Rayaprol Winner, 2020 Poetry Book Society Spring Special Commendation
    (Angular Desire)
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