Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. Translated by Anita Gopalan. In MEMORY OF NOW, every poem is stylistically different, differently new, a memory made with past, made with now, made with Self, Other and Heart. The unhurried lyricism has emotional resonances and an aesthetic tension in socio-ritual poems, memories of the poet's years of privation. It exhibits Buddhist stream of consciousness and mythic memories of kinship and separation. It turns to the motif of poetic duet with international filmmakers, intertexual and as incoherent as complete, inviting the reader to rather watch the poems. Indirect elegy for love, longing, loss, the scent of wait, restlessness of the centuries old soul, the "senile and old" trope raising questions about the future, language and poet's state, all have a narrative paradoxical calm and an alien quality that accentuates the incoherence and brokenness. The traditional cultural heat, the engagement with world poetry and cinema, and the poet's force of individuality create a linguistic polyphony that defines a unique poetic voice in this work.
Geet Chaturvedi is an important writer of contemporary Hindi literature. He has authored seven books, including the highly acclaimed two collections of novellas, and two collections of poetry. His poems have been translated into seventeen languages including Spanish, German, Russian, Croatian, Turkish and Nepali. He was awarded Bharat Bhushan Agrawal Award for Poetry (2007), Krishna Pratap Award for Fiction (2014), Shailesh Matiyani Award for Fiction (2018), and named one of 'Ten Best Writers' of India by the English Daily Indian Express. He is on the advisory board of several literary organizations. He has translated into Hindi poems of Pablo Neruda, Lorca, Adonis, Czeslaw Milosz, Adam Zagajewski, Bei Dao, Dunya Mikhail, Iman Mersal and Eduardo Chirinos. After spending 16 years in journalism as editor of Dainik Bhaskar, Geet spends his time now writing and working on his eagerly awaited novels Kavipriya and Ranikhet Xpress. He lives in Bhopal, India.Author City: BHOPAL IND