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Meena Alexander is an award-winning poet and the author of the memoir Fault Lines. She is a professor of English at Hunter College and lives in New York City.
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  • Series: Everyman's Library Pocket Poets
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman's Library (January 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400042259
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400042258
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.7 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #862,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 2, 2012
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"I'm the candle
I've lit with the fire
in your eyes
and in memory
I burn, I melt."

"Indian Love Poems" is a very unique anthology filled with sensuous, dreamy and romantic wonders. There are love letters, intellectual musings and descriptions of passionate intimate moments.

A few poems are erotic without being overly offensive. One poem I thought was especially beautiful was "The Loom of Time." I also enjoyed the poem that describes a list of mundane daily chores and then has a surprise ending. "Desire" by Sudeep Sen actually made me laugh.

Many of the poets featured in this book are hopeless romantics and you can really feel the longing in their poems. I also found some of the older poems translated from Sanskrit to be especially beautiful. These are poems to read again and again to experience every nuance. Some poems display religious devotion and talk about ideas like reincarnation. However, Jesus is mentioned twice.

Since the book is so small it feels a bit like you are reading a diary. Once you start reading you almost enter a secret world.

~The Rebecca Review
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I picked up this book thinking it might be yet another trite attempt at translating "Indian" poetry. I bought it because I recognised some of the poetry(having read it in the original text). I expected literal translations, which strip away nuance, context, and therefore meaning. The first pleasant surprise came with the breadth of poetry covered. The selection of poems has done justice to the diversity of poetry in the Indian Subcontinent. Some of the poetry is Pakistani, and the book should have acknowledged that, rather than lumping it all under the convenient title of "Indian". There are poems from all over the sub continent. The selection also varies from ancient to modern poetry, which was also wonderful. The book is categorised into the different 'stages' of love, and reading the poems together in each stage is illuminating. Overall, this is a book that will probably appeal most to readers who enjoy Indian poetry and know it in its original form, but have a love for English as well... For those who do not know the original languages (and you wont for all, because the poems have been written in so many different languages), the translations seem to capture the spirit of the poems, rather than literal translation... I highly recommend the book, I have spent many evenings reading it with friends savouring the variety and depth on offer.
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