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Now in paperback, The Long Meadow, the highly praised second collection by Vijay Seshadri, winner of the 2003 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets
We hold it against you that you survived.
People better than you are dead,
but you still punch the clock.
Your body has wizened but has not bled—from "Survivor"
Vijay Seshadri is the author of Wild Kingdom. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Best American Poetry. Born in India, he lives in India and Brooklyn, New York.
“Grave and witty, classical and contemporary, The Long Meadow is a casually brilliant collection of poems. Seshadri is a writer of subtle, elastic and unblinking intelligence. Profound and delightful, The Long Meadow well deserves the high distinction bestowed upon it by the James Laughlin Award.” —Campbell McGrath, citation for the James Laughlin Award
“This is a strong, almost reckless voice turning dark experience into an unrelenting sense of possibility. From the rhyming stanzas to a long prose meditation, the power of casual declamation holds sway.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review
“[Seshadri's] ability to see where the fantastic and the realistic mingle, ‘where matter becomes number and number matter,' and to draw casually convincing distinctions gives this book its understated but gently persuasive power.” —The New York Times Book Review