Shreelay Ray

On the Life & Work of an American Master

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  • Published in 2021
  • ISBN: 978-1734435610
  • 304 pages

“Shreela was the first poet of color I ever met, the only poet of color I would ever study with . . . and the first ‘real’ poet I personally knew who saw little difference between the political and the personal in her work . . . It was a poetry of historical consequences (or ‘exile,’ as some critics put it), a collision of different (and sometimes harmful) mythologies, but the voice that wielded them was sure, the craft was elegant, and the stage the poems usually played themselves out on was small, personal, unexpected, human.” —CORNELIUS EADY

“Ray’s work—written in a pared down language, somewhat stark, sometimes tart, always sharp—was noted for its urbane and cosmopolitan phrasing, dark wit and the multiple lineages from which it drew. Her lineages include such Indian Anglophone poets as Kamala Das and Eunice De Souza but also the global Anglophone approach to the lyric of Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott, or Fleur Adcock. At the same time, Ray’s poetry felt fully ‘American,’ combining a conversational, funny, loving tone with brash bravado, a committed ‘present tense’-ness reminiscent in many ways of second-generation New York School, and deep philosophical inquiry especially in the later lyrics.” —KAZIM ALI



Edited by

Kazim Ali

Kazim Ali has published numerous volumes of poetry, including THE VOICE OF SHEILA CHANDRA; INQUISITION; SKY WARD; BRIGHT FELON; THE FAR MOSQUE; THE FORTIETH DAY; and the cross-genre texts BRIGHT FELON and WIND INSTRUMENT. His novels include THE SECRET ROOM: A STRING QUARTET, and his most recent nonfiction book is NORTHERN LIGHT: POWER, LAND, AND THE MEMORY OF WATER. He teaches at the University of California, San Diego.

Rohan Chhetri

Rohan Chhetri is the author of the poetry collections SLOW STARTLE; JURASSIC DESIRE; and LOST, HURT, OR IN TRANSIT BEAUTIFUL. He received a 2021 PEN/Heim Grant for translation. Originally from Doars, India, he currently lives in Syracuse, New York.