Carefully Curated
Author:  MK Ajay,
Publisher:  Poetrywala
Publication Year:  2015
ISBN-13:  978938274931
Language:  English
Edition:  1
Binding:  Paperback
Pages:  94
Price:  USD 15

About Clawing Into Water's Skin  
The poems in ‘Clawing into Water’s Skin’ grapple with the fragility and beauty of our existence within the larger cosmos, and use nature imagery in a fresh way to both depict our alienation as well as etch humanity in its natural environment. The poems tackle aging, parenting, family history, memory, connection to homeland and culture, intimacy and the individual’s place in the universe, finding meaning most often in connection to the five elements, to the past, and in poetry itself. The verdant landscapes of Kerala, the monsoons and an ancestral childhood home that were recurring images in his earlier works still retain their hold on the poet. But you also sense an outward sweeping of the senses in search of newer landscapes, feelings, surprises and elements, and also a deeper inward wrestling with a joyful sadness of the human mind assaulted by modernity and isolation. The themes that come through most in this collection include knowledge/knowing, celebration of the ordinary moment, desolation - both personal and environmental —built and natural, poems responding to art, as well as curious images from science fiction. Metaphors trickle easily out of many of these poems like the trickling of raindrops through tiled roofs, setting the words on fire and cooling them in equal measure. This is a poetry about place, about slowness receding in a fast world, about the past residing effortlessly in the present moment, about fantasy walking into everyday living, and about the slow turmoil bubbling up beneath the surface in the epicenter of our selves. This collection reveals a home grown sensibility somewhat ruptured by displacement and exile, at once playful and brooding, and introduces a distinctive voice to fans of Indian English poetry.
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