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Grun-tu-molani By Vidyan Ravinthiran

Grun-tu-molani by Vidyan Ravinthiran

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First collection by British poet and critic (of Sri Lankan parentage) with lively poems fusing politics, personal history and myth.

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Grun-tu-molani by Vidyan Ravinthiran

Vidyan Ravinthiran's much-anticipated first collection contains many poems about Sri Lanka which fuse politics, personal history and myth, yet his voice pitches itself not so much halfway between East and West as between emotional forthrightness and linguistic exuberance. Traditional forms - of culture, of verse - contend with brusquer impulses in an era of technological distortion; without taking himself too seriously, the poet asks if perhaps we don't take ourselves seriously enough. These are poems of impassioned intelligence, which refuse to separate thought and feeling and seek not only to delight and disturb but to work through difficult problems. The intricacies of the modern relationship - the smallest society, a haven of two - are reconnected with the historical world; translations, some from classical Tamil, ask how close two languages or two people can get. Indeed, Grun-tu-molani is concerned throughout with a range of human behaviours common to different societies - the need to assert oneself, save face, explain, and touch; the last of which would not be possible were it not for the distances between us.

Grun-tu-molani Reviews

'Gripping is not a word you usually associate with poetry, but Vidyan Ravinthiran's poems are precisely that, and they seldom let go. They are full of surprising turns (and turns of phrase), and their humour can make you squirm, as humour should, the assonance and internal rhymes and puns adding a further twist to the funny knife as it tickles the funny bone. A ferocious intelligence is at work in these poems, whose stylish armoured exterior reflects sometimes a literary scholar and sometimes a displaced person; sometimes contemporary Britain and sometimes ancient Sri Lanka. Ravinthiran is set to enrich English poetry, just as, in an earlier generation, Gamini Salgado enriched its prose' - Arvind Krishna Mehrotra. 'Vidyan Ravinthiran's poems are a heady mixture of exotic language and strangely real personal experience.The poet's reflective stare takes in with ease different worlds, all cemented together by a verbal wit and a winning, amused half-mockery. They are a delight' - Bernard O'Donoghue.

About Vidyan Ravinthiran

Vidyan Ravinthiran was born in Leeds, to Sri Lankan Tamils. His first book of poems, Grun-tu-molani (Bloodaxe Books, 2014), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize and the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize. His second, The Million-petalled Flower of Being Here (Bloodaxe Books, 2019) won a Northern Writers Award and a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, was shortlisted for the 2019 Forward Prize for Best Collection, and is shortlisted for the 2019 T.S. Eliot Prize, the winner of which will be announced in January 2020. He currently teaches at the University of Birmingham, and moves to the US in January 2020 to teach at Harvard. He is the author of Elizabeth Bishop's Prosaic (Bucknell, 2015), winner of both the University English Prize and the Warren-Brooks Award for Outstanding Literary Criticism.

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Grun-tu-molani by Vidyan Ravinthiran
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Bloodaxe Books Ltd
Short-listed for Forward Poetry Prize: Best First Collection 2014
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