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Dothead: Poems Hardcover – March 29, 2016
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“Supurb….inventive, playful….Majmudar finds poetry in the modern world where we least expect it.”—Bookpage
“Especially perceptive about manhood and its meanings…Dothead is charming and urgent in equal measure.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times
Library Journal listed DOTHEAD as one of their Spring poetry picks of 2016 for "pointedly offering commentary on those who aren't always at home in America."
"Dothead amounts to nothing less than a torrent of poetic inventiveness driven by the inexhaustible poetic energy of Amit Majmudar. His delight in deploying his formal skills combines remarkably with his wide range of interests to produce a collection of poetry both riveting and enviable. Drones, torture, immigration, weaponry, James Bond, King Lear, medical practice, Hinduism, and the sex life of Adam and Eve are but a few of the subjects treated here without any sacrifice of lyric texture or pulse. Majmudar stands out clearly and forcefully in the overpopulated tableau of contemporary American poetry.”—Billy Collins
“Readers new to Amit Majmudar’s work will rejoice to find themselves in the company of a writer who clearly believes no poem can enlighten unless it first entertains. We are invariably surprised—by Kafkaesque fable or Borgesian paradox, by fluently rhymed verse, a calligramme, or some outrageous form of his own invention. However Majmudar has Hardy’s knack of finding forms well suited to his subject, these wise, timely meditations on race, sex, language and identity leave us thinking about nothing more than the radical ideas they propose. All serve Majmudar’s larger project—to reflect the uncomfortable complexity of the human animal. He has no hesitation in juxtaposing the serious and the grave, the base and the transcendent, and those acts of gentleness and brutality which define us; but his ability to turn on a dime will often have the reader laughing or shivering before he has a chance to prepare his defences. Majmudar has allied an old-fashioned talent to a real experimental boldness, but perhaps the most startling aspect of his work is its unapologetic assumption of poetry’s intrinsic cultural value. One has the sense that every line simply believes in itself. The result is a various, wakeful, urgent poetry that asks to be read now.”—Don Paterson
About the Author
- Publisher : Knopf (March 29, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 120 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1101947071
- ISBN-13 : 978-1101947074
- Item Weight : 13.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.3 x 0.76 x 9.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,273,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Majmudar’s poems are not designed to make readers comfortable. Like many poets who are members of a group that is regularly seen as “other”—misinterpreted, stereotyped, condescended to—he forces readers to confront their own assumptions and self-exculpatory reactions. He deliberately interweaves the forms and subjects of Western culture with those of non-Western cultures, as in his skinny sestina “The Waltz of Descartes and Mohammed” or in his sonzals, a combination of the Western sonnet with the Arabic ghazal (which flourished also in India, Pakistan, Persia, and elsewhere), such as “Taste Bud Sonzal” and “Pattern and Snarl.” This wire is live; grab it if you dare.