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Angular Desire

Selected Poems and Prose

Srinivas Rayaprol

Edited by Graziano Krätli and Vidyan Ravinthiran

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ISBN: 978 1 784109 25 7
Categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, Indian
Imprint: Carcanet Classics
Published: March 2020
216 x 135 mm
220 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Poetry Book Society Spring 2020 Special Commendation

    A handful of writers defines the canon of postcolonial anglophone poetry in India. Srinivas Rayaprol has generally been omitted from the list. But his recently-published correspondence with William Carlos Williams and with the publisher James Laughlin reveals an accomplished, complex and enigmatic figure torn between opposing forces. His Brahmin Indian background, his profession as a civil engineer in a newly-independent country, were at odds with his Western education, literary vocation, and demonic impulses. Such contradictions are expressed in his intense poetry, here restored to print, providing insights into Anglo-Indian and American writing, and a unique contribution to international literary modernism.

    He was influenced by Williams; he resisted (though at Stanford) the formal discipline of Yvor Winters. Touched by Stevens, he also read the European modernists and learned from them. His poetry marks a clear break with the established Indian lineage of British literary influences. Acknowledging the awkwardness of the language, Vidyan Ravinthiran, as a writer, cherishes in the poems ‘a voice that isn’t wholly and perpetually self-secure’.
    Srinivas Rayaprol
    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 ... read more
    Graziano Krätli
    Graziano Krätli is a translator, editor and author based in Connecticut, USA, where he works as a librarian at Yale University. He has published articles and reviews on literary subjects, particularly modern and contemporary anglophone literature in India, as well as articles on manuscript production, circulation and preservation in West Africa. ... read more
    Vidyan Ravinthiran
    Vidyan Ravinthiran is an Associate Professor at Harvard University, and the author of two books of poetry, as well as Elizabeth Bishop's Prosaic (Bucknell UP, 2015), winner of both the University English Prize and the Warren-Brooks Award for Outstanding Literary Criticism. ... read more
    Awards won by Srinivas Rayaprol Winner, 2020 Poetry Book Society Spring Special Commendation
    (Angular Desire)
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