Some of the finest Indian writing in English is in the form of poetry. A poet and editor offers his recommendations.
Indian poetry in English (and in English translation) continues to delight readers. Last week we looked back at the best of Indian poetry in 2014. Now, we consider poetry books that are due out in 2015, including a few books that came out at the tail end of last year and were not noticed adequately, and some others that had slipped under the radar.
All One’s Blue, Kazim Ali
Kazim Ali’s All One’s Blue (HarperCollins) is a marvellous collection that showcases the best poetry from all his previous collections, including new poems. His work is marked with a finely concentrated use of language that pushes the understated lyric mode to its limit. Beautiful, intelligent, moving, wide-ranging and finely wrought ‒ this is poetry not just for poetry and literature lovers, but everyone. Kazim Ali is an outstanding poet, and you will be fundamentally changed after immersing in his verse.