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Domestic creatures : poems

Author: Manohar Shetty
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1994.
Series: Oxford India paperbacks.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Poetry, from the perspective of Manohar Shetty, is the art of the telling detail - details coiled around a central core of memory and emotion. This is a poet who does not take refuge in huge, all-meaning ambiguity and rhetoric. His art is exact. Creatures, great and small, people Shetty's poetic world - from the spider ('A jiggling asterisk') to the king cobra (whose hood 'mushrooms/Open like an explosion') to a
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Manohar Shetty
ISBN: 0195634543 9780195634549
OCLC Number: 31659541
Description: 71 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Fireflies --
Mannequin --
Neighbourhood --
New Year --
The Recluse --
The Strangeness --
The Boats --
Well --
Familiarities --
Wounded Vanity --
Foreshadows --
The Boat Ride --
Gifts --
Recovery --
Meeting --
Her Dilemma --
Farewell Letter --
In a Strange Place --
Message in a Bottle --
Wounds --
Game --
Domestic Creatures --
Bats --
Ants --
The Elephants --
From 'Three Hoardings' --
Thespian --
Four Comic Strips --
Departures --
Bearings --
One Morning --
Torpor --
Crucible --
Jackfruit --
Moving Out --
Scarecrow --
Recipe --
The Old Printer --
Monologue of a Florist --
Peacock --
Child --
Dialogue with a Child --
Jigsaw.
Series Title: Oxford India paperbacks.
Responsibility: Manohar Shetty.

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Poetry, from the perspective of Manohar Shetty, is the art of the telling detail - details coiled around a central core of memory and emotion. This is a poet who does not take refuge in huge, all-meaning ambiguity and rhetoric. His art is exact. Creatures, great and small, people Shetty's poetic world - from the spider ('A jiggling asterisk') to the king cobra (whose hood 'mushrooms/Open like an explosion') to a peacock startlingly observed. This is a poetry of vivid metaphor extending into the real world, mirroring through unique angles the violence and tension in our everyday lives. From this pitch of imagination, clothes hung out to dry 'droop like limp tongues', and the jackfruit is a 'Strange, maternal fruit'. Shetty's poems glint like the carefully honed edge of a favourite kitchen knife. Balancing the controlled images of violence and urban neuroses is a set of love poems, as well as some moving poems on children.

This selection, culled from Manohar Shetty's two books of poems A Guarded Space (1981) and Borrowed Time (1988), alongside a batch of new poems, provides readers a new look at a quiet and distinctive voice in India.

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