Bearings by Karthika Nair

By Karthika Nair

This debut selection of poems heralds the coming of an extremely proficient poet whose paintings is marked by way of a rigorous but pleasant experimentation with types and strategies with out ever wasting out at the lyricism that's the hallmark of serious poetry. within the phrases of the poet herself, 'Bearings started because the merely tangible symptoms of an try to remain attached to a language that felt so much in detail my very own, and but didn't determine in my panorama any more.' via its 3 sections, Virga, broken items and Terra Infirma, Karthika Naïr meditates at the intertwined issues of instructions, moorings and disclosures, with the a number of meanings and connections inherent within the identify itself. Bereavement and absences, the lack of reminiscence and love, issues approximately domestic and id, locate eloquent expression in those evocative poems which the poet likens to a logbook of trips with none specific vacation spot in brain, with language as shape-shifting map, and the need to specific, to proportion because the sole, a bit unreliable, compass.

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