November 2015 Featured Book
Visiting Indira Gandhi's Palmist
By Kirun Kapur '97
"I'm thrilled to read a book that encompasses many phases of history, several religions, multiple myths, family stories, eros and terrorism, poetry and war, cultural clashes and cultural overlaps. What can possibly include such range without sprawl or stereotype? Poetry, and Kirun Kapur is a true, gifted poet." — Robert Pinsky
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Kirun Kapur's debut volume, Visiting Indira Gandhi's Palmist, ricochets from Partition-era India to Biblical pastorals, from American bars to the battlefield of the Bhagavad-Gita. By turns lyrical and narrative, unflinching and funny, the collection examines the harrowing collision of love and violence as it arises in families and nations. In these intense, beautiful poems, Kapur introduces us to an astonishing range of characters—mothers and fathers, princes and soldiers, lovers and daughters—as she sets out to explore our most fundamental stories and our most enduring human bonds.
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