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The Long Meadow

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Now in paperback, the highly praised second collection by Vijay Seshadri, winner of the 2003 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets

We hold it against you that you survived.
People better than you are dead,
but you still punch the clock.
Your body has wizened but has not bled
—from “Survivor”
Paperback, 64 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Graywolf Press (first published 2004)
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Vijay Seshadri read as part of my Visiting Author's Series on 9/9/2005. This is a version of my spoken introduction for him:

In “The Long Meadow,” many of Vijay Seshadri’s poems take simple ideas or observations, and stretch them backward and forward seemingly beyond what should be their breaking point. But, because of Vijay’s strong guiding hand, he manages to give us regular, powerful shocks--of recognition of ourselves in things, and recognition of the essence of the things themselves, never b
I liked this one while not being blown away by it. Definitely enjoyed the long prose poem piece about his father's strange interest in the American Civil War.

Picked it up at Wind City Books - probably the best thing about Casper, Wyoming. When I bought it, the gentleman there told me that his favorite poem by Seshadri was not included in this collection - that poem was why he had ordered it in for the store and he was disappointed that it wasn't there. And so he gave me a printout of it so that
I can't quite pinpoint what it is I love best about his writing. His simple evocation of the here and now or the ancient past. My favorite was his free verse story about his father's Civil War fixation. Good reading.
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Vijay Seshadri is a Brooklyn, New York-based Pulitzer Prize winning poet, essayist, and literary critic. He won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for his poetry book 3 Sections.

Seshadri has been an editor at The New Yorker, as well as an essayist and book reviewer in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The Threepenny Review, The American Scholar, and various literary quarterlies. He has received
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