Editor | Poetry
Kaifi Azmi: Poems | Nazms: New & Selected Translations is a perfect gift and homage to the great poet’s 100th birth centenary celebrations.
This specially curated volume contains 50 carefully chosen poems from his lifetime’s immense oeuvre.
It brings together some of the finest translators, poets, scholars, filmmakers — Husain Mir Ali, Baidar Bakht, Sumantra Ghosal, Pritish Nandy, Sudeep Sen, (also the editor) — as a team to produce this stunning bilingual English-Hindi collection.
In addition, the book contains a selection of rare archival photographs of the life and times of Kaifi Azmi going back to his childhood, thus making it a collector’s edition.n.
About the editor:
SUDEEP SEN is widely recognised as a major new generation voice in world literature and “one of the finest younger English-language poets in the international literary scene” (BBC Radio). He is “fascinated not just by language but the possibilities of language” (Scotland on Sunday). At the 2004 Struga Poetry Festival (Macedonia), he received the ‘Pleiades’ honour for having made “a significant contribution to contemporary world poetry”. His prize-winning books include: Postmarked India: New & Selected Poems (HarperCollins), Distracted Geographies, Rain, Aria (A K Ramanujan Translation Award), Fractals: New & Selected Poems|Translations 1980-2015 (London Magazine Editions), and EroText (Vintage: Penguin Random House). He has edited important anthologies: The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry, World English Poetry, and Modern English Poetry by Younger Indians (Sahitya Akademi). Blue Nude (Jorge Zalamea International Poetry Prize) and The Whispering Anklets are forthcoming.
Sen’s works have been translated into over 25 languages. His words have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, Newsweek, Guardian, Observer, Independent, Telegraph, Financial Times, Herald, Literary Review, Harvard Review, The Hindu, Hindustan Times, Outlook, India Today, and broadcast on BBC, PBS, CNN IBN, NDTV, AIR & Doordarshan. Sen’s newer work appears in New Writing 15 (Granta), Language for a New Century (Norton), Love Poems (Knopf/Everyman), Out of Bounds (Bloodaxe), Initiate: Oxford New Writing (Blackwell), and Name me a Word (Yale). He is the editorial director of AARK ARTS and the editor of Atlas. Sen is the first Asian honoured to read his poetry and deliver the Derek Walcott Lecture at the Nobel Laureate Festival. The Government of India’s Ministry of Culture has awarded him the senior fellowship for “outstanding persons in the field of culture/literature”.