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Canaries on the Moon
Canaries on the Moon

Canaries on the Moon

by C P Surendran

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Language

English

Publisher

Yeti Books

ISBN

818833006X - Year: 2002 - Pages: 97

Binding

Paperback

C P Surendran
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Author: C P Surendran
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Publisher: Yeti Books
Year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 97
ISBN/UPC (if available): 818833006X

Description

The 68 poems here consolidate Surendran’s reputation as a vengefully individual voice among English poets in India. The barely-contained, visceral quality of the voice breathes new life into seemingly dull, ordinary words, turn clichés on there heads. It at once makes his poetry both exciting and accessible. Surendran’s poetic constitution is exceptionally gifted to perceive moments of truth, and the touch of the bizarre in everyday reality, the world within the world, or, to use one of his phrases, the universe we miss in a blink. Each poem here is glittering, hard, polished like a precious stone. And caught in its clear light is a whole world on edge.



REVIEWS:



Surendran lives in a universe of landscapes. Elemental forces vein these landscapes. Sometimes they surface with horrifying impact, at other times gently.



Essentially natural, these forces also run through Surendran’s cities and towns, so that the dominant impression I’m left with is that his cities and towns are landscapes too, contoured like natural phenomena, again darkly veined, fissures subject to unexpected shocks. This is just one of the features of Surendran’s work I am drawn to. His is a voice I admire and respect.
-Adil Jussawalla



Surendran is one of the few Indian poets in English whose early promise has turned into mature achievement. From the outset his work has been fierce, bitter, and imbued with the sense that the world is a hostile place. This, in his early work, produced powerful imagery and rhythms. They are still clearly visible in his new collection, Canaries on the Moon, but what also emerges is a new and delicate lyricism. This is an admirable work.
-Dom Moraes

Contents

Prospect

Key

Where’s he gone?

Extra terrestrial

A drop

Sentence

Clockwork

A necessary war

Season Flipping

The Lamplit Answer

Economy

Sphynx

Exile and the Kingdom

Daze

Asthma

Replenishment

Terror my Brother

Blow by blow account of a boy missing

Soldier

Neighbours of the sky

A Quick Brown Fox

Bless and Curse

Coffee

Out of focus

Emergency

Passover

Race

Excavation

Enemy

Exit

Native

Each king in his place

Blank Call

Star-Crossed

Bat

Parody

Sweat

Being There

Futile

Gift

Edge

Pause

Panic in the Garden

Cambridge, autumn

Kalki brimming

Statistics

Captive

Poem

Flavour

Season’s Offering

The man with the mike

Offspring

A Nightmare

Traffic

Stone

Meaning

Today

Getting it right

Harvest

News in Brief

Reading Glasses

Aasa Khosa

Waiting

Because

Crucifixion

What happens

What I want

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