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The Glass Blower
Keki N. Daruwalla is one of India's leading English-language writers. He has published nine volumes of poetry, the sixth of which - "Landscapes" - won him the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for Asia in 1987. His Collected Poems 1970-2005 appeared from Penguin India in 2006. He is also the author of three volumes of short stories, a novella, two collections of poetry for children and a travelogue, as well as being well-known as a writer on international affairs and a prolific reviewer."The Glass-Blower" contains poems from all nine published collections as well as a body of new work. Daruwalla's poetry is characterized by the vigour and immediacy of its language, the delicacy of its land-scapes, the sharpness and sensitivity of its portrayals of both individuals and human society, and the breadth of its subject matter. This first full-length volume of Daruwalla's work to be published outside of India provides a long-overdue opportunity to become better acquainted with a poet previously encountered in the UK - in tantalizing glimpses - only in anthologies.
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[Keki Daruwalla's poems are] "rightly admired for their range, from philosophical meditation to closely observed detail. Daruwalla writes as compellingly about urban India as he does about mountain shepherds, a fish, an encounter with a snow leopard, the nature of love or poetry itself. He can inhabit historical or mythical figures...; he can conjure the migration or decline of tribes and cities; he can track the palpitations of the heart in the grip of love. Dramatic narratives describing civil strife of a kind he may have witnessed through his work in the Indian Police Service keep the company of tender poems for his daughters... Extended sequences go alongside perfectly achieved miniatures of a few lines. Above all, here is a writer whose witty, affirmative restlessness rewards the reader over and over... In spite adn becuase of everything, 'the middle lane, between / demonology and miracle' turns out to offer a wonderfully exhilarating ride."Lawrence Sail, The Warwick Review, Vol. I, No. 3