Obsessive, tender, outraged, playful—Victoria Chang’s virtuosic third collectionThe Bossis a mesmerizing exploration of contemporary American culture, power structures, family life, and ethnic and personal identity.
McSweeney’s: How did you first become interested in poetry?
Victoria Chang: I think my elementary school teachers introduced me to poetry and we had little poetry contests where everyone won 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place. I wrote these tiny poems and enjoyed trying to create surprise endings.
Fractals brings together over 300 new and select earlier poems from Sudeep Sen’s internationally acclaimed oeuvre spanning thirty-five years, 1978 to 2013, as well as some of his translations.
The title has been chosen with care. Earlier collections built around themes such as Rain, Ladakh, Blue Nude, Geographies, Postmarked India, when combined with his latest work reveal elements which recur. Equally, the term fractals defined variously in science and mathematics and general terms, highlights Sen’s own interest in art, science and patterns scattered through nature.
Poet Daljit Nagra explores the often overlooked Indian element to T.S Eliot’s poetry.
T.S Eliot once wrote that the great philosophers of India “make most of the great European philosophers look like schoolboys”. And although he’s more often remembered as an establishment figure, somewhat conservative and deeply Christian, Eliot also wrote about and studied Indian philosophy, language and culture. He incorporated it into his most famous poems, and even considered becoming a Buddhist.