Gieve Patel has published three books of poetry: “Poems” (Nissim Ezekiel, Bombay, 1966); “How Do You Withstand, Body” (Clearing House, Bombay, 1976); and “Mirrored, Mirroring” (Oxford University Press, Madras, 1991). His poems have been included in anthologies in India and in other countries.
He is a well-known painter and playwright. His paintings are in public and private collections in many countries. “Mister Behram and Other Plays” was published by Seagull Books, Calcutta, in 2007.
Patel has conducted an annual poetry workshop for school students at Rishi Valley School for more than two decades. “Poetry with Young People (Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, 2007) is an anthology of poems written by his students in the course of the workshop. The book also carries an introduction by him detailing the methodology of the workshop.
Patel has worked as a medical practitioner in rural and urban India.