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The Collected Poems of A. K. Ramanujan,9780195640687

The Collected Poems of A. K. Ramanujan

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3/15/2011
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Oxford University Press, USA
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Summary

A.K. Ramanujan (1929-1993) was, arguably, modern India's finest English-language poet. At the time of his death he was Professor of Linguistics at the University of Chicago and a noted translator of poetry from the ancient Tamil. This volume of his collected poems, the first such collection to be published, includes poems out of the three books he published during his lifetime, and a fourth collection left unpublished at his death. Reflecting his lifelong interests in folklore, anthropology, structuralism, and biculturalism, the poems will be welcomed by all lovers of contemporary poetry.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction
The Stridersp. 3
Snakesp. 4
The Opposable Thumbp. 6
Breaded Fishp. 7
On a Delhi Sundialp. 8
A Leaky Tap After a Sister's Weddingp. 9
Two Styles in Lovep. 11
Still Lifep. 12
This Pairp. 13
On the Very Possible Jaundice of an Unborn Daughterp. 14
Still Another for Motherp. 15
Lines to a Grannyp. 17
A Rather Foolish Sentimentp. 18
Looking for a Cousin on a Swingp. 19
I Could Have Restedp. 20
On Memoryp. 21
Instead of a Farewellp. 22
Self-Portraitp. 23
The Rickshaw-Wallahp. 24
Which Reminds Mep. 25
Sometimesp. 26
Chess Under Treesp. 27
No Man Is an Islandp. 28
Anxietyp. 29
KMnO[subscript 4] in Grandfather's Shaving Glassp. 30
Christmasp. 32
Conventions of Despairp. 34
A Certain Democratp. 36
Towards Simplicityp. 37
A Riverp. 38
A Hindu to His Bodyp. 40
Excerpts from a Father's Wisdomp. 41
Epitaph on a Street Dogp. 43
Imagesp. 44
Still Another View of Gracep. 45
An Image for Politicsp. 46
Case Historyp. 47
One Readsp. 48
Lac into Sealp. 50
The Fallp. 51
A Poem on Particularsp. 53
It Does not Follow, but When in the Streetp. 57
Man and Woman in Camera and Outp. 58
A Wobbly Topp. 60
Of Mothers, among other thingsp. 61
The Hindoo: he doesn't hurt a fly or a spider eitherp. 62
Time and Time Againp. 64
Love Poem for a Wife, 1p. 65
Routine Day Sonnetp. 68
Army Antsp. 69
One, Two, Maybe Three, Arguments against Suicidep. 71
One More After Reading Homerp. 73
Some Indian Uses of History on a Rainy Dayp. 74
A Lapse of Memoryp. 76
Eyes, Ears, Noses, and a Thing about Touchp. 77
The Hindoo: he reads his Gita and is calm at all eventsp. 79
Poona Train Windowp. 80
Time to Stopp. 82
Love Poem for a Wife, 2p. 83
Entries for a Catalogue of Fearsp. 86
The Hindoo: the only riskp. 90
Real Estatep. 91
Any Cow's Horn Can Do Itp. 93
When It Happensp. 95
Small-Scale Reflections on a Great Housep. 96
Smalltown, South Indiap. 100
Some Relationsp. 101
Take Carep. 103
The Last of the Princesp. 105
Old Indian Beliefp. 106
Historyp. 107
Compensationsp. 109
Obituaryp. 111
Prayers to Lord Muruganp. 113
Elements of Compositionp. 121
Ecologyp. 124
No Amnesiac Kingp. 126
In the Zoop. 128
Questionsp. 130
Fearp. 132
Astronomerp. 134
Death and the Good Citizenp. 135
The Watchersp. 137
Snakes and Laddersp. 138
Pleasurep. 139
A Poor Man's Riches 1p. 141
On the Death of a Poemp. 142
A Poor Man's Riches 2p. 143
A Minor Sacrificep. 144
Alienp. 149
Saturdaysp. 150
Zoo Gardens Revisitedp. 153
Son to Father to Sonp. 155
Draftsp. 157
At Fortyp. 159
He too Was a Light Sleeper Oncep. 162
Highway Stripperp. 163
Middle Agep. 167
Extended Familyp. 169
The Differencep. 171
Dancers in a Hospitalp. 174
Moultingp. 176
Some Peoplep. 177
Connect!p. 178
Looking and Findingp. 179
Love Poem for a Wife and Her Treesp. 180
Looking for the Centrep. 184
Chicago Zenp. 186
Waterfalls in a Bankp. 189
Second Sightp. 191
The Black Henp. 195
Foundlings in the Yukonp. 196
Dream in an Old Languagep. 198
Shadowsp. 199
At Zerop. 200
Salamandersp. 202
Tracesp. 204
Firep. 205
Birthdaysp. 206
Fogp. 208
One More on a Deathless Themep. 209
Augustp. 212
Three Dreamsp. 214
Itp. 215
Not Knowingp. 216
On Not Learning from Animalsp. 217
Blind Spotsp. 218
Love 1: what she saidp. 219
Sonnetp. 220
Mythologies 1p. 221
Love 2: what he said, gropingp. 222
Turning Aroundp. 224
Love 3: what he said, rememberingp. 225
Mythologies 2p. 226
Love 4: what he said, to his daughterp. 227
Mythologies 3p. 228
Love 5p. 229
Contrariesp. 230
Engagementp. 231
The Day Went Darkp. 232
Love 6: winterp. 233
That Treep. 234
Pain: trying to find a metaphorp. 235
Fizzlep. 236
A Devotee's Complaintp. 237
In Marchp. 238
A Meditationp. 239
Difficultyp. 241
Poetry and Our Cityp. 242
No Fifth Manp. 243
Bullsp. 246
Bosniap. 247
A Reportp. 248
As Eichmann Said, My Brother Saidp. 250
The Gurup. 251
A Rulerp. 252
Povertyp. 253
Butcher's Taop. 254
A Copper Vatp. 255
Museump. 256
Imagesp. 257
If Eyes Can Seep. 264
Elegyp. 265
Linesp. 267
To a Friend Far Awayp. 268
Some Monarchs and a Wishp. 269
From Where?p. 271
Death in Search of a Comfortable Metaphorp. 273
Painp. 274
Fear No Fallp. 275
A Note on The Black Hen and Afterp. 278
Index of Titlesp. 282
Index of First Linesp. 285
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