Author: Vikram SethPublisher: Penguin/VikingYear: 2005Language: EnglishPages: 83ISBN/UPC (if available): 0670058432
This collection of poems reflect for the most part our own times and are rewarding for the manner in which life is faithfully and often poignantly restored in poetic shapes. This is another major triumph from one of the world's most important poets.In this collection of poems, his first book since ‘The Golden Gate’, the best-selling novel inverse, Vikram Seth’s marvelous facility with language is once again displayed to full effect. But beyond this, he demonstrates a new range, perhaps best exemplified in the second section ‘In Other Voices’, where he relives the experience of others—a Nazi concentration camp commandant, the poet Ghalib, a doctor in Hiroshima on the day the atom bomb fell—in poetry rich in implication and concrete detail. The poems in the other four sections reflect, for the most part, our own times and are rewarding for the manner in which life is faithfully and often poignantly restored in poetic shapes. ‘All You Who Sleep Tonight’ is another major triumph from one of the world’s most important poets.
CHAPTER IROMANTIC RESIDUESRound and RoundProtocolsA Style of LovingAcrossEqualsMistakenSitThe Room and the StreetWalkCHAPTER IIIN OTHER VOICESTo Wei Ba, Who Has Lived Away from the CourtLithuania: Question and Answer Work and FreedomGhalib, Two Years after the Mutiny A Doctor’s Journal Entry for August 6, 1945SoonCHAPTER IIIIN OTHER PLACESHill DawnSuzhou ParkNight in JiangningLion Grove, SuzhouTouristsQingdao: DecemberThe Monk at Han Shan TempleOn the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Golden Gate BridgeThe Scent of Sage and BayCHAPTER IVQUATRAINSTelephoneGod’s LoveDark RoadPigeonsPomegranateSouthward BoundPendulumAdvice to OratorsCantMalefic ThingsDoorNight WatchConditionHalf Out of SleepPrandial PlaintInterpretationThe EndPromiseReunionPassageCHAPTER VMEDITATIONS OF THE HEARTThe Stray CatPoetAdagioMistHow Rarely These Few YearsThingsVoicesHeartThe WindAll You Who Sleep Tonight