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 types from the rhyming lyric to the philosophical meditation to the prose essay, 3 Sections confronts confusing divisions of up to date life—a wayward heritage, an indeterminate destiny, and a gift situation of eager to outthink time. this is often a unprecedented publication, witty and vivacious, by way of one among America’s top poets.
The long-awaited 3rd poetry publication 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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