Collected Poems: 1970-2005


Author: Keki N. Daruwalla

9780143062004 | PB | pp. 373 | 2006 | Penguin Random House

Collected Poems: 1970-2005 is a testimony to Keki N. Daruwalla’s prodigious output and astonishing breadth of vision. It brings together over three decades of work and includes a whole new section of poems previously unpublished.

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Keki Daruwalla established himself as a name to reckon with in Indian poetry with the publication of his very first book, Under Orion (1970). With nine published volumes so far, including The Keeper of the Dead which won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1984, and Landscapes, which won the coveted Commonwealth Poetry Prize for Asia in 1987, he is today one of India’s foremost poets. His poetry, characterized by a trademark vigour and immediacy of language, a razor-sharp tone and subtle imagery, consistently strikes an ingenious balance between image and statement. With his capacity to blend a larger-than-life canvas with an unfailing eye for detail, he addresses a remarkable variety of themes in his poems-from the epic concerns of culture and history, myth and religion to the quotidian affairs of life and death, love and passion.

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About the Author

Born in 1937 in Lahore, now in Pakistan, the author has been a notable presence on the literary scene for quite some time. The characteristic features of his poetry can be described as vigour and immediacy of language, knife-edge tone, an abiding and infatuated concern with love, death and domination, a sceptic and indignant cynicism about the plight of human society and a rare intensity in portraying living individuals.

A recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award and Commonwealth Poetry Award, Keki N. Daruwalla has so far published about 12 books, consisting of mostly poems and a couple of fictional works. Some of his important works are Under Orion, The keeper of the dead, Landscapes, A summer of tigers and The minister for permanent unrest & other stories.

He also edited Two decades of Indian poetry.


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