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Carefully Curated
Author:  Ravi Shankar,
Publisher:  Poetrywala
Publication Year:  2018
ISBN-13:  9789382749721
Language:  English
Edition:  1
Binding:  Paperback
Pages:  188
Price:  USD 22



About Durable Transit: New and Selected Poems 1997-2017  
Ravi Shankar’s poems are immortal in the flesh, finding in the life of the mind—its interpretations, its ‘instrumentality’— the surpassing, transient, lyrical moment; and in the life of the world’s body the permanent, unflinching presence of thought, unconfined by time and space. They are the verbal artifacts of a singular, many-sided, and distinguished consciousness.” Pulitzer Prize winner Vijay Seshadri   Engorged with image, thick, viscous and churning, Ravi Shankar’s poems have the density of mercury as well as its fluidity and mobility...The energy is visceral. Th e language is restless, hungry for surprise, the register swinging between the formal and the demotic (both American and Indian). Underlying this is an almost voluptuous need to embrace myth, history, metaphysics and pop culture, and bring all of it into a single book, and sometimes a single poem. Th is is matched by an alertness to form – with references ranging from the Bop to the pada -- making for a playful, stylistically supple poetry. Arundhathi Subramaniam    Ravi Shankar’s poems have a fine tuned sense of form, a rare delight in language. Through wit and abstraction, they reveal a metaphysics of longing, binding us to the elements of our moving world. Meena Alexander   Ravi Shankar is truly, now, one of America’s finest younger poets. Dick Allen

Ravi Shankar’s poems are immortal in the flesh, finding in

the life of the mind—its interpretations, its ‘instrumentality’—

the surpassing, transient, lyrical moment; and in the life of the

world’s body the permanent, unflinching presence of thought,

unconfined by time and space. They are the verbal artifacts of a

singular, many-sided, and distinguished consciousness.”

Pulitzer Prize winner Vijay Seshadri

 

Engorged with image, thick, viscous and churning, Ravi Shankar’s

poems have the density of mercury as well as its fluidity and

mobility...The energy is visceral. Th e language is restless, hungry

for surprise, the register swinging between the formal and the

demotic (both American and Indian). Underlying this is an

almost voluptuous need to embrace myth, history, metaphysics

and pop culture, and bring all of it into a single book, and

sometimes a single poem. Th is is matched by an alertness to form

– with references ranging from the Bop to the pada -- making for

a playful, stylistically supple poetry.

Arundhathi Subramaniam 

 

Ravi Shankar’s poems have a fine tuned sense of form, a rare

delight in language. Through wit and abstraction, they reveal a

metaphysics of longing, binding us to the elements of our moving

world.

Meena Alexander

 

Ravi Shankar is truly, now, one of America’s finest younger poets.

Dick Allen


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