A Clock in the Far Past


Author: Sarabjeet Garcha

9788193602539 | PB | pp. 76 | 2018 | Dhauli Books

In A Clock in the Far Past, the author takes us through his observations of life and nature with words that glimmer like ‘dust motes’, or light like ‘glow-worms’.

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In A Clock in the Far Past, his fourth book of poems the author conducts us ‘into a world that still places faith in the woods’. With a mature poet’s cultivated imagination, he brings simplicity and clarity to his observations with words that glimmer like ‘dust motes’, or light like ‘glow-worms’.

Sarabjeet is quite at home with birds, snakes, scorpions; comfortable with meaningful rituals in stories from childhood; yet, alert enough to reveal the temple priest’s ‘crisp’ transactions behind the façade of the murti.

His language displays a delicacy and sharpness that treats us to close-ups we may not have noticed before: ‘the cellophane of a dragonfly’s wings’ or ‘a raindrop … like a lyric on a leaf’. Tastefully produced with the love for richness that aesthetes are endowed with, its poems invite repeated readings for the numerous pleasures they promise, and its pages attract repeated touching for the sheer tactile ecstasy they offer, thus imparting the book an everlasting appeal.

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About the Author

The author has written three other books of poetry preceding A Clock in the Far Past including Lullaby of the Ever-Returning (Poetrywala, 2012) and a collection, in Hindi, besides two books of translations. He was on the Panel of Critical Readers for the third edition of Garner’s Modern American Usage (Oxford University Press, 2009) and recipient of a fellowship in Hindi literature (2013-14) from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, under which he completed a comparative study of post-1990 Marathi and Hindi poetry.

His work has appeared in various online and print publications, including Modern Poetry in Translation, Right Hand Pointing, The Vocabula Review, Foundling Review, Indian Literature, The Dhauli Review, and the Hindi literary magazine Pahal. He is the chief editor at a publishing company and has lived in Delhi NCR since 2002.


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