Quote of the Day
an admirable concern to keep lines open to writing in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and America.
Subscribe to our mailing list
Selected Poems and Prose
Edited by Graziano Krätli and Vidyan Ravinthiran
RRP: GBP 16.99
You Save: GBP 1.70
Price: GBP 15.29
Not Yet Available
This title is available for academic inspection (paperback only).
ISBN: 978 1 784109 25 7
Categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, Indian
Imprint: Carcanet Classics
Published: March 2020
216 x 135 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Spend GBP 15 or more and receive a free Carcanet tote bag. Available internationally while stocks last.
Find out more.
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’.
Awards won by Srinivas Rayaprol Winner, 2020 Poetry Book Society Spring Special Commendation
We thank the Arts Council England for their support and assistance in this interactive Project.
This website ©2000-2020 Carcanet Press Ltd