New Delhi Love Songs: Poems
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A sensational debut collection of poems by a fresh new voice
‘In these whimsical, deeply affectionate poems, New Delhi is both context and protagonist, alive in its dust, smog and everydayness, in the vibrant colour of the first lychees of the season, in the mysteries that lie between Ã’city and sprawlÃ“. The city finds an ardent archivist in Michael CreightonÃ‘one who stoutly keeps the faith that Ã’warm rainsÃ“ will always Ã’come to clear the dustÃ“. Suffused by rare tenderness, these poems return through the welter of streets and residences to an address that remains at the abiding centre of this bookÃ‘the place that the poet terms Ã’the place I imagine my heart to beÃ“.’Ã‘Arundhathi Subramaniam
‘New Delhi Love Songs is a collection abounding with shakarkandiwalas, jasmine-sellers, FM radios and cyclists, the Ghaziabad flower market and Moolchand flyover; the Delhi all around us, the Delhi of Ã’your flesh, your seeds, / your skinÃ“, of Ã’sweat and soil / mixed with clover, sun and windÃ“. Unusual, deeply affecting in their attentiveness to life that seldom makes headlines, these poems reinforce the skeins of humanity that sustain us. They are tender and drollÃ‘two qualities we desperately need, in the capital but also elsewhereÃ‘yet steadfast in their eschewal of easy sentimentality and facile observations. New Delhi Love Songs makes the heart ache; but also sing, from time to time, for this is where Ã’even a dead river looks lovelyÃ“.’ Ã‘Karthika Nair
Michael Creighton is a middle school teacher and library movement activist in New Delhi. This is his first book.