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PBS Spring 2020 Special Commendation for Srinivas Rayaprol

Thursday, 5 Dec 2019

9781784109257 We're really pleased to share the news that Srinivas Rayaprol's forthcoming Selected Poems and Prose edited by Graziano Krätli and Vidyan Ravinthiran has been specially commended by the Poetry Book Society in their Spring 2020 choices!

See the full list of selections at the Poetry Book Society's website here.

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’. Read more about the book here.





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