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Full Disclosure: New and Collected Poems (1981–2017)


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AuthorManohar Shetty
Published LanguageEnglish
Publication Year2017
PublisherSpeaking Tiger
BindingPaperback with flaps
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Here is a book worth celebrating: Manohar Shetty’s Full Disclosure: New and Collected Poems (1981Ð2017), which gathers more than thirty years of work from a major voice in world Anglophone poetry. More accurately, this book presents a range of voicesÑin some of the multi-sectioned poems, a choirÑas Shetty writes through a variety of personae and perspectives, delivering emotionally resonant deep imagery and intellectual precision, profound compassion and ironic wit, in equal parts. In Shetty’s work the natural world impinges on domestic life at every turn, creating an environment transformed through contact as well as the poet’s observation: a spider becomes Ã’a yoyo,/A jiggling asterisk: a footnote:Ó and even on the bookshelves silverfish Ã’burrow in flaking tomes.Ó A meditation on Ã’the sick warmth of self-induced painÓ finds its antiphone elsewhere in the Ã’strange gawky cackleÓ of a peacock, Ã’in its beak a fullgrown/Krait, slick hexagonal scales/Panicky and porous.Ó And running throughout the course of this brilliant career is a weighted humour, whether Shetty is recounting the secrets to a happy life offered by various characters (Ã’external is eternal,Ó one handsome man concludes, while another urges simply, Ã’Drink. Siesta.Ó) or mourning the changes at home, where, Ã’with the children goneÉMySpace and Facebook/do not twitter/all day long.Ó This collection provides us with a broad survey of a celebrated poet’s past and present while offering an enticement for hisÑand ourÑfuture.’ÑJohn Hennessy, poetry editor of The Common

About the author
Manohar Shetty (b. Bombay) has published eight books of poems, including Domestic Creatures and Living Room. His poems have appeared in a number of literary journals, including London Magazine, Poetry Review and Poetry Wales for which he edited a special India number. In the US his poems have been published in New Letters, Chelsea, Shenandoah, Atlanta Review, Rattapallax, The Baffler, Fulcrum and The Common. Several anthologies feature his work, notably The Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets edited by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra and in anthologies edited by Eunice de Souza and Vilas Sarang. He has edited Ferry Crossing: Short Stories from Goa and Goa Travels: Being the Accounts of Travellers from the 16th to the 21st Century. He has worked in various magazines and newspapers in Mumbai, Bangalore and Goa and was editor of Goa Today for eight years. He has been a Sahitya Academy Fellow and a Homi Bhabha Fellow and has lived in Goa since 1985.

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