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Series: NYRB Poets
ISBN: 9781681374017
Pages: 264
Publication Date: November 12, 2019

Arvind Krishna MehrotraSelected Poems and Translations

by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, introduction by Amit Chaudhuri, selected by Vidyan Ravinthiran


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Arvind Krishna Mehrotra is one of the most celebrated Indian poets writing in English and an important translator from Indian languages, but until now his work has rarely been available in the United States and Britain. Mehrotra’s poetry combines the commonplace and the strange, the autobiographical and the fabulous, and reflects an intense and original engagement with American poetry, especially the work of William Carlos Williams and the Beats. This book provides a comprehensive picture of Mehrotra’s achievements as a poet and translator and includes a striking new poetic sequence.


Treasured Indian poet Arvind Mehrotra once described himself as "a speechless shadow in a world of sound." Tracing the turns of his lyric universe, which whirls between the fabled West and timeless East, between sunset and Dehra Dun, between poisoned wells and Heian diary, between hoopoe and dentist, sultan and ironing lady, memory and lover, gatha and translation, we are the speechless shadow, awed by the depths and concision of his inventive wit, erupting aloud at his offbeat humor, following his light footprints across the bridge of tradition and renewal to the "approaching path where we’ve always been arriving.”
—Jeffrey Yang