- Hardcover: 312 pages
- Publisher: Aleph Book Company; First edition (8 December 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9384067431
- ISBN-13: 978-9384067434
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
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- #2174 in Poetry (Books)
Collected Poems Hardcover – 8 Dec 2015
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About the Author
Jeet Thayil was born in Mamalasserie, Kerala, and educated in Bombay, Hongkong and New York. His four poetry collections include English and These Errors Are Correct, which won the 2013 Sahitya Akademi Award for poetry in English. He is the editor of 60 Indian Poets and The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets, and is a visiting professor of poetry at the University of Goa. He wrote the libretto for Babur in London, which toured Switzerland and the United Kingdom in 2012.
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Paper quality: 10/10
Would have given this product 5 stars had it not been for the physical condition of the product.
The sellers screwed me over. They sent a faded copy, the cover of the book barely looks itself, streaked by white lines. It was supposed to be a gift, and now I hope the receiver just turns a blind eye to the cover and takes stock of the brilliant poetry inside... Which is unfortunately what I had to do.
As someone who’d come back to reading poetry after a while and who’s only read the more traditional styles of poetry, Sonnets by Shakespeare, Yeats, Poe and other classics, this was very different for me. I found myself shocked and stunned in places and smiling with pleasure in others. The reason I’m not reviewing this in the traditional sense, “Hey this is good” or “hey this could be better” is because I don’t consider myself knowledgeable enough to do so. But that didn’t stop me from enjoying the ones I did enough to make others read them. The sections Shapeshifter(1), Chocolate Saints and Apocalypso were particularly riveting.
I’m not saying this collection is for everyone, rather it is for the more discerning reader, one who is more experienced in poetry than the average reader. I suppose I could say that he has dipped his feet in many rivers, trying out different styles, definitely conforming and non conforming. Ghazals and Sonnets and prose poetry. There’s something in here for everyone but if you still aren’t sure here are five of his poems, for you to read and enjoy before you buy this book, which you probably will cherish for life.