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Poetry in a Time of Terror: Essays in the Postcolonial Preternatural Rukmini  Bhaya. Nair

Poetry in a Time of Terror: Essays in the Postcolonial Preternatural

Rukmini Bhaya. Nair

Published May 1st 2009
ISBN : 9780198060765
Hardcover
231 pages
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The essays, together with a detailed Introduction and Postscript, broadly focus on the question of poetry. Wide ranging in their references, and written in a lyrical and inviting style, the writings engage with a host of political questions relatingMoreThe essays, together with a detailed Introduction and Postscript, broadly focus on the question of poetry. Wide ranging in their references, and written in a lyrical and inviting style, the writings engage with a host of political questions relating to nation, language, translation, borders, gender, sexuality, and more.How can an individual poet define her own voice in the face of the overwhelming presence of earlier, often dead, poets voices? What connect our new postcolonial, transnational anxieties to the rampant celebrations of cruelty and torture that have always been the subject of poetry from humankinds earliest epics? Is poetry the antithesis of terror or is it terrors very essence?While grappling with these questions, the underlying premise is that poems, even the most apparently everyday ones, are texts of crisis- they are our first language when confronted with the incomprehensible, with sublime joy, or with terror out of the sky.