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Carefully Curated
Author:  Anand Thakore,
Publisher:  Poetrywala
Publication Year:  2017
ISBN-13:  9789382749509
Language:  English
Edition:  1
Binding:  Paperback
Pages:  78
Price:  USD 12



About Seven Deaths & Four Scrolls  
The seven deaths Thakore re-creates include those of an assassin, a Buddhist monk, Holika, and Tansen's neglected son. Richly allusive and sensuous, these meditations on death and the afterlife are firmly grounded, their metaphysical flights superbly controlled. However high the flights go, ground realities are never lost sight of: a run-down village, a suicide's 'Rodolpho Valentino Italian leather shoes", an aborted train-ride; and nature, often lost in the shadows but always there, a life-restoring presence when brought to light. -Adil Jussawalla  Anand Thakore's new book of verse exemplifies the art of masterly literary conceit, as voices from the world of the dead reach out and speak to us: a Tibetan monk who has committed suicide, a terrorist expressing his last wish before facing execution, a musician on his deathbed recounting some of the most important moments in his life. Thakore writes with amplitude-a near-baroque use of language. He gives each voice time to explore its needs, resulting in long poems that are replete with material. Nowhere does the plot slacken his tempo and there is admirable control over meter. The tension in thought and music carries us effortlessly from page to page. This book is a welcome and wonderful addition to Thakore's growing body of work. -Gieve Patel The beat and tenor of Indian classical music is central to Anand Thakore's poetry in this, his fifth collection of verse. An accomplished Hindustani classical vocalist, Thakore draws on a reservoir of knowledge and practice in the field as he examines both triumph and tragedy in long elegant lines. The poems, though often elegiac in tone, are also a celebration of music and of the bond between guru and disciple. Their high notes transcend both the popular and the mundane and their formal, unrhymed tercets unerringly strike the right human chord. particularly moving are the confessions of a young Tibetan monk who seeks salvation through death. Thakore has a unique range and choice of subject matter, interweaving craftsmanship with an original subcontinental sense of verbal melody. Like memorable music, this is the kind of poetry that echoes and stays with the reader. 'Seven Deaths & Four Scrolls' is a sustained and durable work that summons back poetry the lost art of lyricism. -Manohar Shetty  

The seven deaths Thakore re-creates include those of an assassin, a Buddhist monk, Holika, and Tansen's neglected son. Richly allusive and sensuous, these meditations on death and the afterlife are firmly grounded, their metaphysical flights superbly controlled. However high the flights go, ground realities are never lost sight of: a run-down village, a suicide's 'Rodolpho Valentino Italian leather shoes", an aborted train-ride; and nature, often lost in the shadows but always there, a life-restoring presence when brought to light.

-Adil Jussawalla 

Anand Thakore's new book of verse exemplifies the art of masterly literary conceit, as voices from the world of the dead reach out and speak to us: a Tibetan monk who has committed suicide, a terrorist expressing his last wish before facing execution, a musician on his deathbed recounting some of the most important moments in his life. Thakore writes with amplitude-a near-baroque use of language. He gives each voice time to explore its needs, resulting in long poems that are replete with material. Nowhere does the plot slacken his tempo and there is admirable control over meter. The tension in thought and music carries us effortlessly from page to page. This book is a welcome and wonderful addition to Thakore's growing body of work.

-Gieve Patel

The beat and tenor of Indian classical music is central to Anand Thakore's poetry in this, his fifth collection of verse. An accomplished Hindustani classical vocalist, Thakore draws on a reservoir of knowledge and practice in the field as he examines both triumph and tragedy in long elegant lines. The poems, though often elegiac in tone, are also a celebration of music and of the bond between guru and disciple. Their high notes transcend both the popular and the mundane and their formal, unrhymed tercets unerringly strike the right human chord. particularly moving are the confessions of a young Tibetan monk who seeks salvation through death. Thakore has a unique range and choice of subject matter, interweaving craftsmanship with an original subcontinental sense of verbal melody. Like memorable music, this is the kind of poetry that echoes and stays with the reader. 'Seven Deaths & Four Scrolls' is a sustained and durable work that summons back poetry the lost art of lyricism.

-Manohar Shetty

 


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