3 Sections: Poems by Vijay Seshadri

By Vijay Seshadri

Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry

Vijay Seshadri’s new poetry is guaranteed and professional, his line as canny as ever. In an array of poetic kinds from the rhyming lyric to the philosophical meditation to the prose essay, 3 Sections confronts complicated divisions of up to date life—a wayward heritage, an indeterminate destiny, and a gift of eager to outthink time. this is often a unprecedented e-book, witty and vivacious, through one in every of America’s top poets.

The long-awaited 3rd poetry booklet through Vijay Seshadri, “one of the main revered poets operating in the United States today” - Time Out New York

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The person having his photograph taken “wonders,” if he moves, if he’ll come out blurred, and this serves to introduce 54 instances of people in comparable states of wondering: the fop who has just married a rich prostitute, if he’s better than a thief, the new arrival at Nice if he should dress in linen, through to the astronomer of lines 133–35, who wonders if he’ll see a man walking on the moon through his telescope. 23 bout 1;)))): The poem’s footnotes are to be read immediately, since their rhymes connect with those of the main text (“bout / bout,” “opportune / fortune”).

He returned to the topic in various later poems, including “L’Inconsolable” and “Têtes de Carton du Carnaval de Nice” (both published in 1904 and collected in Comment j’ai écrit certains de mes livres [1935]). Footnote 1, line 6 C’est donner: The 23 instances that follow illustrate the folly of giving something to someone who doesn’t want or need it. It’s pointless to give someone wintering in Nice an overcoat because he will always claim it’s warm enough not to need one, even if it has snowed and the city is full of snowmen, like that illustrated by Zo.

50 Nouvelles Impressions d’Afrique 110 115 120 125 —The presiding judge, what points of law he’s conveying To the roof beam, while he signs a warrant or wastes his saliva talking; —The worker who knows he has a nail in his stomach, If he’ll find it tomorrow in his chamberpot; —The guest who’s late and riskily offers a dubious excuse, If anyone will bring back the soup tureen and ladle; —At what price bit by bit he will sell the rope he used To commit murder, the heir of someone found hanged; —The hen how she managed to confuse the egg She’d just laid with the egg of a duck; —The ignoramus who sees a boat scud towards the open sea1 Until only the top fragment of its mast can still be seen, If already its crew are fodder for sharks; —Who are the fathers of her kids, the girl whose bed Is never empty, such skill she displays in it; —The lover of morphine, what rank Epicurus, In his classification of pleasures, would have given injection; —The mountaineer in ecstasy on the edge of a soaring range, How to praise enough the creator of the universe; —The bird, when (((((the sun so hot it warms even marble))))) 1.

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