Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

Poems by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra


Canticle for My Son

Where Will the Next One Come from

  Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

Poet, translator, essayist, and editor, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra was born in Lahore and educated at the universities of Allahabad and Bombay. He is the author of four books of poems, Nine Enclosures (Clearing House, 1976), Distance in Statute Miles (Clearing House, 1982), Middle Earth (OUP, 1984) and The Transfiguring Places (Ravi Dayal, 1998). As the journal Fulcrum proclaims, “His poems derive their power from what they leave out as much as what they say, as if a host of ghost lines stood behind eeach line on the page.”

Since 1968, Mehrotra has taught at the University of Allahabad, where he is currently Professor of English. He has been a visiting writer at the University of Iowa's International Writing Program, a Homi Bhabha Fellow, and has spent periods of residence at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study and Conference Center, Bellagio.

A History of Indian Literature in English, which he edited, was awarded the Choice magazine’s Outstanding Academic Title of the Year. Mehrotra also edited The Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets (OUP, 1992) and The Last Bungalow: Writings on Allahabad (Penguin, 2007). His translation, The Absent Traveller: Prākrit Love Poetry from the Gāthāsaptaśatī of Sātavāhana Hāla (1991), has recently been reprinted in Penguin Classics.

Mehrotra’s poems, essays, and translations have appeared in dozens of anthologies, most recently, Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (W. W. Norton, 2008), Longman Anthology of World Literature (Longman, 2004), and Vintage Book of Modern Indian Literature (2004). His most recent publications include Songs of Kabir (translations) and Partial Recall: Essays on Literature and Literary History, both 2011.



Poetry Center Reading:
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