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Jeet Thayil was nearly born in the middle of the Muhattapuzha River. The current has kept him ever since. (‘Who among us will escape the. As starlight, as ash or rain, as a smear on the moon, as a tree, say a champakali, as a leaf or a man impersonating a leaf torn into shreds and fed to the . Chitra said: These poems have a haunting quality to them, each poem to each Jeet Thayil has been a provocative and indelible presence in Indian poetry.

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Only poetry is not shit: Jeet Thayil on writing

As fate would have it, despite being a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award for his poetry collection These Errors are Correct and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature in for the novel Narcopolis, his works have not risen from their corpses to gain limelight even after his writings were widely acknowledged. Books that rise to heights of popularity instantly but gradually lose ground with the passage of time.

You say your dreams in a stunned small voice that belongs to the other world. Return to Book Page. And the stars wandered out of their pens.

K,Penguin Thaayil, forthcoming. I found myself shocked and stunned in places and smiling with pleasure in others. The world is code, smoke signals the dead have left us to decipher, knowing we cannot. Laughing, my name in your eyes, you cry one word. The world is old and set in its ways, and K. Ghazals and Sonnets and prose poetry. Ghosts of celebrations past throw themselves lemming-like into the meagre flame, each small act attended by a host of demons, friendly and not.


The grotesque may be a more accurate means of carrying out such an enterprise. He recalls a brilliant man struggling with alcohol addiction.

yhayil If he had planned it, he would have had a drink beforehand, he would have been fine. Refresh and try again. The world is code, smoke signals the dead have left us to decipher, knowing we cannot. Trivia About Collected Poems.

In other projects Wikiquote. Thanks for telling us about the problem. You are always kissed. They blaze your praises, visible from rocket ship and satellite.

Unhappiness is something altogether thatil There were one or two among them who betrayed the code and were friendly, and Dom certainly was the main one. At nightfall, exhausted by toil, he falls deep into the dreamless light changes, the yhayil or dying sea. Too shy to introduce himself, Thayil left.

It’s a dream stolen from a poem called “The Day Lady Died” but that doesn’t make it any less strange. Jeet Thayil interviewedy by Hemant Sareen. I suppose I could say that he has dipped his feet in many rivers, trying out different styles, definitely conforming and non conforming.

And no faith was left in the world. A mountain moves and nobody notices. Thayil was born in and grew up in a Syrian Christian family in Kerala, south India; his father is the critically acclaimed journalist and biographer TJS George.

A matchstick burned in her slender fingers and a strand of fresh seaweed was entangled in her hair. To ask other readers questions about Collected Poemsplease sign up. Retrieved 18 February Order by newest oldest recommendations. Deine Lippen bewegen sich von der Sonnenseite zum Selbstmord in einem Klick.


We eat sweet and fast. Chaos is my friend and closest neighbour. There is a moving section on the poet Imtiaz Dharkerwho first published the year-old Thayil in the Indian magazine Debonair. The author is an Indian poet and novelist. You wake up to a kiss and fall asleep to one.

Collected Poems by Jeet Thayil

Srecko Kosovel rated it did not like it Aug 19, I want to say, at this point, that it is difficult to ignore the posthumous nature of a preface such as this. Hannah Kate rated it really liked it Jun 25, But be careful what you wish for. Years later, when Thayil was 26 and living in the YMCA in Mumbai, working in advertising, writing poems, he went to hear the older poet read in a cafe.

Its action hinges on an imagined encounter between a group of religious fundamentalists and the ghost of Babur, who challenges their plans for a suicide strike.

Awaneesh rated it really liked it Sep 02, While Chocolate Saints is dedicated to Moraes, the dedication in Narcopolis reads: Retrieved 26 January At several points during our time together, there are long pauses.