From the back cover: Jayanta Mahapatra's Relationship was selected for the 1981 award by India's National Academy of Letters. Fugue-like in construction, this long poem repeats and builds on theme after theme, images, symbols, melodies, in an attempt to mesmerise the reader into the realm of mystery. This moving and deeply evocative poem is the poet's sustained effort at an integrated experience. Choice said of his poetry: "Mahapatra evokes India in modalities ranging from stark but intense description to dreamlike webs of association--an India whose image mirrors a poetic sensibility at once alienated from and inextricably rooted in her."
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Published January 1, 1982
by The Greenfield Review Press.