3 Sections: Poems by Vijay Seshadri

By Vijay Seshadri

Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry

Vijay Seshadri’s new poetry is guaranteed and professional, his line as canny as ever. In an array of poetic kinds from the rhyming lyric to the philosophical meditation to the prose essay, 3 Sections confronts complicated divisions of up to date life—a wayward background, an indeterminate destiny, and a gift situation of desirous to outthink time. this can be a unprecedented ebook, witty and vivacious, through certainly one of America’s most sensible poets.

The long-awaited 3rd poetry ebook by way of Vijay Seshadri, “one of the main revered poets operating in the United States today” - Time Out New York

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This is due to the gross fiber of all action. By action itself almost nothing can be imparted. The world of action is a world of stones. XV. No. 1. Bla! Bla! Bla! Heavy talk is talk that waits upon a deed. Talk is servile that is set to inform. Words with the bloom on them run before the imagination like the saeter girls before Peer Gynt. It is talk with the patina of whim upon it makes action a bootlicker. So nowadays poets spit upon rhyme and rhetoric. The stream of things having composed itself into wiry strands that move in one fixed direction, the poet in desperation turns at right angles and cuts across current with startling results to his hangdog mood.

Here I clash with Wallace Stevens. The imagination goes from one thing to another. Given many things of nearly totally divergent natures but possessing one-thousandth part of a quality in common, provided that be new, distinguished, these things belong in an imaginative category and not in a gross natural array. To me this is the gist of the whole matter. It is easy to fall under the spell of a certain mode, especially if it be remote of origin, leaving thus certain of its members essential to a reconstruction of its significance permanently lost in an impenetrable mist of time.

The best thing that could happen for the good of poetry in the United States today would be for someone to give Alfred Kreymborg a hundred thousand dollars. In his mind there is the determination for freedom brought into relief by a crabbedness of temper that makes him peculiarly able to value what is being done here. Whether he is bull enough for the work I am not certain, but that he can find his way that I know. A somewhat petulant English college friend of my brother’s once remarked that Britons make the best policemen the world has ever witnessed.

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