The poems in this book hardly betray any artistic ambition to survive for posterity or find a place in the annals of poetry. Their oath is to the present moment; they wish to be read, reviewed and examined only in the context
“You can woo a girl with a poem, but you can’t hold on to her with a poem. Not even with a poetry movement.” So wrote Roberto Bolano in The Savage Detectives, which Jeet Thayil’s new novel The Book of Chocolate Saints
His point of departure is Rabindranath Tagore, who believed that “the idea of the Nation” is “one of the most powerful anesthetics that man has invented”. And yet, Tagore was not without profound love for his nation.