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Available Light: New and Collected Poems


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AuthorC.P. Surendran
Published LanguageEnglish
Publication Year2017
PublisherSpeaking Tiger
BindingPaperback with flaps
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C.P. Surendran bears witness toÉwhat James Agee memorably described as Ã’the cruel radiance of what isÓ. Anyone who looks directly at that Ã’cruel radianceÓ is very likely to be wounded; for the poet is not only a pilgrim in a dangerous landscape but also a trespasser in secluded zones, psychic, cultural or political, that would prefer to guard their mysteries. As in Greek mythology, the guardian of such a sanctuary, usually a serpent or a dragon, inflicts a wound on the trespasser who has entered and violated the temenos. It is the wound of unbearable knowledge.ÉIt is a sacred wound, and poetry, certainly for C.P. Surendran, is an attempted suture for this sacred wound.’ÑRanjit Hoskote

‘C.P. Surendran’s Available Light omnibus portrays the gritty Indian urbanscape with raw and urgent felicity. His poems are intelligent, lean, spare, muscular and tightly wrought. Aspects of daily journalism and news editing, film and play of light, popular culture and philosophical questions about life and living inform his sharp-edged poetry. No soppy sentimentality, just studied restraint that is balanced delicately with deft linguistic control. This is an important volume by one of India’s finest contemporary poets.’ÑSudeep Sen

About the author
C.P. Surendran is a poet and novelist. He was former editor-in-chief of DNA. He is also a columnist for Indian and international journals. He lives in Delhi.

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