Past Event

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra in conversation with Laetitia Zecchini

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

A one-of-a-kind collection of work by one of India’s best contemporary poets.

Gathering the work of a lifetime, spanning four books of poetry and including thirty-four new poems, this is the first comprehensive collection to be published in the United States and the United Kingdom of the work of one of India’s most influential English-language poets. Arvind Krishna Mehrotra’s poetry has long been known for its mixing of the commonplace and the strange, the autobiographical and the fabulous, in which the insignificant details of everyday life—whether contemporary or historical—bring larger patterns into focus. His celebrated translations from Indian languages (Prakrit, Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali) take up a third of Collected Poems. Selections from The Absent Traveller and Songs of Kabir are followed by those of Nirala, Vinod Kumar Shukla, Mangalesh Dabral, Pavankumar Jain, and Shakti Chattopadhyay. Together they tell the story of Indian poetry over two millennia.

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra is the author of several books of poetry, the editor of The Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets and Collected Poems in English by Arun Kolatkar, and the translator of The Absent Traveller: Prakrit Love Poetry and Songs of Kabir. He lives in Dehradun.

Laetitia Zecchini is a research fellow at the CNRS in Paris, currently visiting scholar at BU. She is the author of a monograph on the poet Arun Kolatkar whom she has also translated into French, and writes on the « Bombay poets », on modernisms and the politics of literature. She is currently working on a book around issues of cultural / literary freedom and the poetics & politics of modernism in Cold War India and is part of the project writers and free expression.