The Long Meadow by Vijay Seshadri

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The extraordinary second collection by Vijay Seshadri, winner of the 2003 James
Laughlin award of The Academy of American Poets

We hold it against you that you survived.
People better than you are dead,
but you still punch the clock.
Your body has wizened but has not bled
-from "Survivor"

Vijay Seshadri's first collection of poems, Wild Kingdom, was celebrated as one of the most exciting debuts in years. In The Long Meadow, Seshadri presents a brilliant array of formally inventive and emotionally powerful new poems in which the poet's wit and vivacity are poised against the alarming complexities of human experience. Through disparate forms and strategies, from the long narrative and the brief rhyming lyric to the prose meditation, The Long Meadow looks into and through our troubled world with a poetic sensibility that transforms history into metaphysics and disaster into possibility. Here is the voice of one of contemporary poetry's new masters.

About Vijay Seshadri

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Vijay Seshadri is the author of Wild Kingdom. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Best American Poetry. Born in India, he lives in India and Brooklyn, New York.
Published May 1, 2004 by Graywolf Press. 72 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Elsewhere, Seshadri relies on gimmicky forms (the "Interview," the "Lecture") to structure voice-driven poems: "Moving on to the next slide, / we can see, twisted and deliberately coarsened as it is,/ the exact same theme…" An extended section of prose memoir switches gears, using his father's ob...

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