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Imagine  - : New and Selected Poems
Imagine - : New and Selected Poems

Imagine - : New and Selected Poems

by Shanta Acharya

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Language

English

Publisher

Harper Collins

ISBN

9789352641659 - Year: 2017 - Pages: 249

Binding

Paperback

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Author: Shanta Acharya
Publisher: Harper Collins
Year: 2017
Language: English
Pages: 249
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789352641659

Description

Imagine brings together the finest work from Shanta Acharya’s five books of poetry with a generous selection of new verses. Her subtly layered poems, with deep roots in two cultures, explore and reflect on the human condition. They address consciousness and creativity, issues of self and of the ways in which identity is perceived, belonging and exile, love and betrayal, suffering and realization.

Moving with ease from ancient Indian scriptures and history to sharply observed lyrics about nature, from the horror and injustice of war to the absurdity of life, Acharya’s work reveals the largesse of her vision. This selection is a sound introduction to an uncommon poet.

COMMENTS:

‘Shanta Acharya’s poems are inspired by her emotional experiences, for which simple but convincing words, phrases and sound effects have been found. The complex and profound are equally well expressed in her imagery.’
== Nissim Ezekiel

‘There is a stateliness and poise about Shanta Acharya’s poetry that is remarkable. The variety of themes she explores and confronts is formidable-life, art, illusion, death.’
== Keki N. Daruwalla

‘Shanta Acharya has an uncannily poetic way of relating to reality that is deeply Indian without being insular. Hers is a meditative spirit which, however, seldom abandons the interrogative skepticism that shaps its subtle politics.’
== K Satchidanandan

Contents

Contents


From Not This, Not That (1994)
Faith
Wisdom
Cucumber
In the Beginning
Death
Creation
Unspoken
The Vulnerable Plot of Green
Against the Window
Dear Born Child
A Sense of Security
Caligula
Life and Dreams
In the Jagannath Temple
If Only I Were
Day of Reckoning
Belshazzar's Feast
Cupid Complaining to Venus
The Poster Sticker
Bus Ride to Char Minar
Fever in Diwali
Ganesh Puja
Dussehra in Cuttack
The Night of Shiva

From Numbering Our Days' Illusions (1995)
After Great Struggle
Silence
Arranged Marriage
Honeymoon
The Dark Hours
Face of Betrayal
Promise
Numbering Our Days' Illusions
A Moment's Occupation
The Choice
Too Meagre
Facing the Sun
Sometimes
Forgetting
Love Game
It Is
Having Settled Myself
No Longer Do I Frame Myself
Not One of the Myths-
Absence
Hindu Women
Resigned
Loose Talk
Meditation in a Bathtub
A Giddy Mannequin
On Remembering a Name
Daughters and Lovers
The Seagull
Loveland
City Slickers
City Life
Names as Homes
Trees
Pyrexia of Unknown Origin
Freed of Fascination
For the Dispossessed
Words as Places

From Looking In, Looking Out (2005)
At the Edge of the World
The Annunciation
Making Faces
Lost in Africa
Xochipilli
The Milkmaid
Yashoda's Vision
Of Magic and Men
The Fly and the Bee
Snowdrops
Azaleas in Spring
The Art of Eating Fruits
Batchelors Soup
What Is There to Know?
What You Don't Know
Special
Experience and Innocence
Perhaps
Survival
Ichthys
Our First Meeting
Living without Cleopatra
Prescription for Glasses
Daily Remedies
Of Poems
To Be a Beginner
The Scriptwriter
Fickle Flame
Flight Distance
Taking Stock
My Good Luck Home
Mrs Kafka's Dilemma-
Dear Tech Support
Dear Customer
The Hourglass
Broken Glass
Looking In, Looking Out

From Sbringara (2006)
Highgate Cemetery
Loneliness
Nothing's a Gift
Aja
In Memoriam
Learning
Vigil
Farewell Ghazal
Silent Witness
Coconut Milk
Missing
Losing, Finding
Morning After
Let Me Go
9/11
Remembrance Sunday
London: 7 July 2005
11 July 2005
What Might Have Been
Bori Notesz
Life? Or Theatre?
The Final Act
Speak to Me
Remembering Gandhi
On First Reading the Bhagavad Gita
Remembering
This Connection
Sleep
Dreams
Wintering
Almost
Here, Now
Shunya
I Do Not Know
The Last Illusion
Shringara

From Dreams That Spell the Light (2010)
Italian Prayer
Mosque of Wazir Khan
Kabul: 14 November 2001
Midnight Stroll
Postcard from St. Petersburg
Bryce Canyon
The Great Wall of China
The Sundarbans
Aspects of Westonbirt Arboretum
Awakening
Highgate Wood
Boxing Day
Shaadi.com
Wishes
Beware
Easter Message
Dispossessed
Return of the Exile
Black Swans
The Wishing Tree
Going Home
The Dream
It
Somewhere, Something

Imagine: New Poems
Ladder of Escape
Among the Immortals
L'Atelier Rouge
What Does It Mean?
Time Uncovering Truth
Making Things Right
Saxophone Colossus
The Last Dance
Flamenco
Dilemma
Wonder of the Age
Painter of Gods
Meeting Shiva and Parvati
Swimming Reindeer
Hunger
You
Knowing Infinity
Spring Fever
Cook and the Chickpea
Eurydice's Story
Red
The Scream
Wall or Wings
Nirbhaya
Nature Studies
Imagine
Ashoka

Notes
Acknowledgements

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