Category Archives: Indian Ocean

Adrienne Rich’s ghazals

February 27, 2014 Her earliest ghazals are in¬†Leaflets, at the very end of the volume, which I must have looked at. ¬† But I’m reading them seriously only now — because of Agha Shahid Ali and Call Me Ishmael Tonight, … Continue reading

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The Cosmopolitan Vernacular

February 6, 2014 Not an oxymoron, but a genetic condition, as Sheldon Pollock argues, a local tongue globalized in its emergence and globalized again in its circulation. Is that why so many African-American authors began with dialect poetry? Not only … Continue reading

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