Four Poems: Tips For Living In An Expanding Universe, Ceremony, Memorial Time and One such man

01 June 2013
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ABOUT THE POEMS Lyric and linguistic intelligence combine with an impish wit in the poems of EV Ramakrishnan. The lyric speaker fashions a unity from diverse strands of experience, whether contemplating the universe of the future in ‘Tips For Living In An Expanding Universe’ or listing the eccentricities of a man out of joint with the world in ‘One Such Man’. A recurring observation is that human beings are falling away from language, whether shedding it like a skin in memorial silence (‘Memorial Time’) or losing it through sheer speed of technological progress (‘Expanding Universe’). Behind this world zipping with discordant new energies, there lies a more considered one of tradition, deliberation, and spectacle, the metaphor for which is the samurai sword of ‘Ceremony’. Describing it, the speaker almost seems to wield it; it seems the anchor of an expanding universe.

Tips For Living In An Expanding Universe

Imagine far is near, the language

EV Ramakrishnan is the author of three volumes of poetry: Being Elsewhere in Myself (1980), A Python in a Snake Park (1994) and Terms of Seeing: New and Selected Poems (2008). He also edited the seminal anthology of Indian poetry in translation from several languages, The Tree of Tongues (1999).

Keywords: poetry language modern Indian poetry
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