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The narrator in these poems abandons the sectarian histories of 1990s' Bombay for the relative calm of New York, only to find himself a witness to September 11, 2001. Jeet Thayil's second collection links images of water, addiction and forgiveness; poems that evoke multiple outsider perspectives are set in landscapes as various as Hong Kong, Bombay, and New York City.
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Overview

The narrator in these poems abandons the sectarian histories of 1990s' Bombay for the relative calm of New York, only to find himself a witness to September 11, 2001. Jeet Thayil's second collection links images of water, addiction and forgiveness; poems that evoke multiple outsider perspectives are set in landscapes as various as Hong Kong, Bombay, and New York City.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892494597
  • Publisher: Rattapallax Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/2006
  • Edition description: Includes audio CD
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix
Part I Moveable
About the Author 3
Moveable 5
Skewed 7
Afloat, the Immigrant Martyr Elect 8
It Wasn't Until the Lawyer Told Me 10
The Man Who Married Water 11
September 10, 2001 13
Part II Shapeshifter
How to Be a Girl 17
How to Be a Toad 19
How to Be a Leaf 20
How to Be a Horse 21
How to Be a Crow 22
How to Be a Bandicoot 23
How to Be a Krait 24
Part III Ache
Fool and Flea 27
The Air There is Crowded 28
Botero's Pear 30
Villanelle with a Line from Baudelaire 31
There's a Chinese Wall Between Us 32
Sailor's Log 34
Psalm Secular 35
Part IV The Genesis Godown
English 39
Summer 42
Moon 43
Monsoon 44
Dawn 45
Winter 46
My Grandmother's Funeral 47
Part V Ache
The Other Thing 51
Meanwhile, Over in Orissa 52
The Brown Nude 53
The Boredom Artist 54
Portrait of the Artist as an Old God 55
Elegiac 56
He Do the Husband 58
Part VI Shapeshifter
Heroination 61
The Unauthorized Autobiography of Rain 63
Ophelia 64
The Shapeshifter's Inventory 65
Yet Another Mother Poem 67
At Kabul Zoo, the Lion 68
Slumming in Bombay, Beelzebub 70
Part VII Moveable
Land's End 73
Pashupatinath 74
Kovalam 76
Imaginary Homecoming 77
London 79
Doune 81
Hongkong, 1997 83
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