Full Disclosure

Full Disclosure

Manohar Shetty




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(Paperback with flaps | ISBN 9789386702371 | 308 pp | October 2017)


‘Here is a book worth celebrating: Manohar Shetty’s Full Disclosure: New and Collected Poems (1981–2017), which gathers more than thirty years of work from a major voice in world Anglophone poetry. More accurately, this book presents a range of voices—in some of the multi-sectioned poems, a choir—as Shetty writes through a variety of personae and perspectives, delivering emotionally resonant deep imagery and intellectual precision, profound compassion and ironic wit, in equal parts. In Shetty’s work the natural world impinges on domestic life at every turn, creating an environment transformed through contact as well as the poet’s observation: a spider becomes “a yoyo,/A jiggling asterisk: a footnote:” and even on the bookshelves silverfish “burrow in flaking tomes.” A meditation on “the sick warmth of self-induced pain” finds its antiphone elsewhere in the “strange gawky cackle” of a peacock, “in its beak a fullgrown/Krait, slick hexagonal scales/Panicky and porous.” And running throughout the course of this brilliant career is a weighted humour, whether Shetty is recounting the secrets to a happy life offered by various characters (“external is eternal,” one handsome man concludes, while another urges simply, “Drink. Siesta.”) or mourning the changes at home, where, “with the children gone…MySpace and Facebook/do not twitter/all day long.” This collection provides us with a broad survey of a celebrated poet’s past and present while offering an enticement for his—and our—future.’—John Hennessy, poetry editor of The Common


‘…Manohar Shetty’s poetry seems to flourish in isolation; from the beginning, a certain degree of isolation has been part of his character…In his quiet and individual way, Shetty [is] one of the best Indian poets in English.’—Dom Moraes

‘[These poems] glow, and continue to do so long after the page has been turned, the book returned to the shelf. …This is poetry so naturally memorable that you don’t need to consciously memorize it.’—Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

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Manohar Shetty

Manohar Shetty (b. Bombay) has published eight books of poems, including Domestic Creatures and Living Room. His poems have appeared in a number of literary journals, including London Magazine, Poetry Review and Poetry Wales for which he edited a special India number. In the US his poems have been published in New Letters, Chelsea, Shenandoah, […]

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