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Selected Poems and Prose
Edited by Graziano Krätli and Vidyan Ravinthiran
RRP: GBP 13.59
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ISBN: 978 1 784109 27 1
Categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, Indian
Imprint: Carcanet Classics
Published: March 2020
208 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback, eBook (EPUB), eBook (PDF)
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 publisher James Laughlin reveals an accomplished, complex and enigmatic figure torn between opposing forces. His Brahmin Indian background and 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.
Awards won by Srinivas Rayaprol Winner, 2020 Poetry Book Society Spring Special Commendation
'Rayaprol shapes the voices and traditions in his head into a new nest of words - smooth, nourishing, timelessly spring-like.'
Carol Rumens's from when Godhuli Time was Poem of the Week in The Guardian
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