Authored By: Rabindra K Swain
Year of Publication: 2017
|Pages: 78||Binding: Paperback(PB)|
Category: Poetry, Fiction and Short Stories
|Price in Rs. 175.00||Price in (USA) $. 14|
Comments on his last book Susurrus in the Skull:
“(It) possesses panoply of deep and moving visions, not only of Swain's incisive questioning of his own self but also of the tapestry of Orissan life to which he belongs. The title poem, “Susurrus in the Skull,” achieves the feat of bridging both Western literary tradition and the customs of India.”
– World Literature Today
(It) “resumes its habitual mode of now-playful, now pitiless glances at the provincial milieu and mindset. It is to Swain’s credit to have developed a verse of compressed understatement to record this.”
– Himal Southasian
“(It) is a part of the continuing quest to forge an authentic Indian idiom in English verse”
– The Little Magazine
“Another literary device that the poet puts in Susurrus is the second person singular pronoun. Rather than deploy the ubiquitous “I” of much contemporary poetry, this poet wields the “you” in the deeply persuasive poems.”
– The Hindu You Miss
Rabindra K Swain (1960) has four books of poems: Once Back Home, A Tapestry of Steps, Severed Cord and Susurrus in the Skull. His five books of translation from Odia include Sachi Raut-Ray’s The Cemetery Flower and Other Stories and Sourindra Barik’s Intimate as the Sky. His critical works are The Poetry of Jayanta Mahapatra: A Critical Study and Silent Tongues: Writings in Contemporary Indian Poetry.
His poems have been published in Shenandoah, World Literature Today, The Kenyon Review, The Literary Review, Verse, New Letters, Quarterly West (U.S.); Ariel (Canada); The Times Literary Supplement, Critical Quarterly, Orbis, Acumen, Wasafiri, Contemporary Review (U.K.); Kunapipi and Westerly (Australia).