Arvind Krishna Mehrotra
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Arvind Krishna Mehrotra (born 1947) is a noted Indian poet, anthologist, literary critic and translator. Mehrotra is widely recognized for extending the Indian English language poetry tradition, established by figures such as A.K. Ramanujan, Nissim Ezekiel, Dom Moraes and Arun Kolatkar. Mehrotra's poetry contained in collections such as "Middle Earth", "Nine enclosures" and "The transfiguring places" are considered significant contributions to Indian English poetry, and are noted for their innovative exploration of modern concerns and ways of representation. Mehrotra's work has been wide ranging, including both traditional forms and unconventional techniques. Mehrotra's occasional literary experimentation, emphasizing a variety of perspectives, has made his work a part of modern Indian English poetry.
Arvind Krishna Mehrotra was born in Lahore 1947. He has published four collections of poetry in English and two of translations—a volume of Prakrit love poems, The Absent Traveller, recently reissued in Penguin Classics, and Songs of Kabir (NYRB Classics). His Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets (1992) has been very influential. He has edited several books, including History of Indian Literature in English (Columbia University Press, 2003) and Collected Poems in English by Arun Kolatkar (Bloodaxe Books, 2010). His collected essays, Partial Recall: Essays on Literature and Literary History was published by Permanent Black in 2012. He was nominated for the chair of Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford in 2009.
Arvind Mehrotra stood for this temporary academic position at the University of Oxford. He came second behind Ruth Padel who later resigned over allegations of smearing Derek Walcott (who had himself earlier withdrawn from the election process). An active campaign to encourage his assumption of the position is being led by British author Toby Litt, and supported by Australian and Indian poets Bridget Khursheed and Shaik Zakeer Hussain and Neil Astley, the Editor of Bloodaxe Books. Mehrotra himself remains undecided.
- Mehrotra, A. K. (1984). Middle earth. Three crowns books. Delhi: Oxford University Press.
- Mehrotra, A. K. (1976). Nine enclosures. Bombay: Clearing House.
- Mehrotra, A. K. (1982). Distance in statute miles. Bombay: Clearing House.
- Mehrotra, A K. (1998). The transfiguring places: poems. Delhi: Ravi Dayal Publisher.
- Mehrotra, A. K. (2003). History of Indian literature in English. New York: Columbia University Press.
- Mehrotra, A. K. (1992). The Oxford India anthology of twelve modern Indian poets. Delhi: Oxford University Press. excerpts
- Translated into German as Mehrotra, A. K. (2006). Indische Dichter der Gegenwart eine Anthologie englischsprachiger Lyrik Indiens. Heidelberg: Verl. Das Wunderhorn.
- Weissbort, D., & Mehrotra, A. K. (1993). Periplus: poetry in translation. Delhi: Oxford University Press.
- Mehrotra, A. K. (2007). The last bungalow: writings on Allahabad. New Delhi: Penguin Books.
- Hāla, & Mehrotra, A. K. (1991). The Absent traveller: Prākrit love poetry from the Gāthāsaptaśatī of Sātavāhana Hāla. Delhi: Distributed by Orient Longman.
- Mehrotra, A. K. (2011). Songs of Kabir. New York: NYRB Classics.
Editor of Literary Magazines
- damn you/a magazine of the arts. Allahabad, India: 1964-1968.
- Ezra. Bombay, India: Ezra-Fakir Press, 1966-1969.
- Fakir. Bombay, India: Ezra-Fakir Press, 1966.
Secondary Works on Mehrotra
Among the published works giving an analysis of his poetry are:
- Lakshmi Raghunandan. (1990). Contemporary Indian poetry in English: with special emphasis on Nissim Ezekiel, Kamala Das, R. Parthasarathy, and A.K. Ramanujan : other poets assessed are Kolatkar, Shiv K. Kumar, Keki Daruwala, Jayanta Mahapatra, and Arvind Krishna Mehrotra. New Delhi: Reliance Pub. House.
Bruce King, (1987, revised edition 2001) Modern Indian Poetry in English. Delhi: Oxford University Press.
He is interviewed in the following works:
- De Souza, E. (1999). Talking poems: conversations with poets. Delhi: Oxford University Press.
- August Kleinzahler (May 27, 2011). "Rebirth of a Poet". The New York Times.
- Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF) .
- Biography at Poetry International Web.
- "Arvind Mehrotra loses Oxford's Professor of Poetry election - The Times of India". The Times Of India.
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