Not Springtime Yet
This new collection of verse by one of India’s most talented poets is exceptional for its haunting lyrical quality as well as for its engagement with mythic and historical forms from the Indian subcontinent, a territory most poets writing in English do not venture into.
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Dialogue and Other Poems
Dialogue and Other Poems edited by Keki Daruwalla, published in 2005 by Sahitya Akademi as part of its Golden Jubilee series imprint. Reprinted in March 2006
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Between Sisters

The Ugly Duckling

Sleeping Beauty

– for Anita Roy

The Six Blind Men and The Elephant

After

…and they lived happily ever after

Refuse /Refused

Fragments From Three Cantos

Fireflies

Invocation-Spirit Of Water

Reviews of Dialogue and Other Poems (Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubliee Publication, 2005, reprint 2006) and Not Springtime Yet (HarperCollins India Publishers,2008)

‘… work is absolutely extraordinary….has an amazing ability to handle historical and mythic material in ways that make them completely new.’
– Dennis Nurkse, Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry

‘The poems of Priya Sarukkai-Chabria are passionate, sensuous and intelligent, full of energy and enterprise. They hold their dramatic shapes with grace and establish her as a poet to read and return to time and again.’
– George Szirtes, T S Eliot Memorial Poetry Prize Winner, 2004

‘An extraordinary poetic imagination’
– Tim Parks, author of Europa

‘…a poet who has shifted contemporary Indian English poetry to a different gear altogether…
A poet who is equally at ease with the Tamil Akam and Puram styles of the Sangham period and with the 16th century Keshavadasa who wrote poetry in Vernacular Hindi; with medieval Japanese court poetry and the georgic convention that developed in Italian poetry in the late 16th century, and who proves to be one of the strongest and surest voices of contemporary Indian English poetry…
Her poems leave one with the impression that there is not a single word one can substitute for what she wrote. Priya Sarukkai Chabria, rock solid in her artistic achievements and luminous about concepts that work behind aesthetic expressions.
She has certainly given contemporary Indian English poetry the much-needed impetus that can only be propelled by erudition and assimilation of different cultures.’
– Sunday Herald Articulations, 2nd April, 2006

‘… she is a highly competent writer aware of form, of poetic conventions in many different language traditions, with a feeling for cadence, lineation, image, compression and sound. She ranges through an impressive variety of themes and manners. ..Chabria is a pleasure to read. Her appearance here compensated for the shaky start of the series…’
– Bruce King, The Little Magazine, Volume VI: Issue 4&5, 2006

‘Chabria’s work is exquisite…. Great work, that.’
– R Raj Rao, Maharashtra Herald, April 20th, 2005

‘Through 78 pages of extraordinary poetry, Priya Sarukkai Chabria has more than justified this collection. The four-page Introduction, apart from placing the poems, affords the reader with succinct information on the various traditions she has drawn from. Unlike many of the Indian English poets of the present, Priya doesn’t make her poems obtuse; being also a novelist, she follows a loose narrative pattern in her series of poems.’
– Lekshmy Rajeev, Literary Review, The Hindu, June 5th, 2005

‘Sarukkai Chabria…swoops and dives between space and time…her poems speak for themselves, to the reader and to each other, deliberately and clearly.’
– Arshia Sattar, India International Centre Quarterly, July 2005

‘Chabria… sees her ‘novelist impulse’ as informing her poetic one, making her adopt personas and write a series of poems that form loose narrative… Chabria’s personas do not appear trapped in their hopelessness. There is a buoyancy and vigour about their abandonment and a sensuality that is unambiguously expressed in a variety of voices…Chabria ..tries to place her work within several traditions, not always in harmony with them but in a tug-of-war that most times works’
– Dr. Vrinda Nabar, Indian Horizons, 2006

‘Priya Sarukkai-Chabria’s inclusion in this series of two books is an inspired choice. For hers is a fresh but accomplished voice, one that claims its inheritance from all sources and traditions that she has access to…. Full of striking imagery, the form of these poems allows the passion to be expressed in their fullness, without it becoming an outpouring of emotions…This series … shows what a contemporary poet can do with a traditional form.’
– GJV Prasad, The Book Review, January-February 2006




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