All You Who Sleep Tonight: Poems
Vikram Seth's novel in verse, The Golden Gate, was hailed by Gore Vidal as "the Great California Novel" and by the New Republic as "a tour de force of the transcendence of the mere tour de force." Now he brings his romance with the English language, his effor...more
The language is simple and the...more
What can I say to you? How can I now retract
All that that fool, my voice, has spoken–
Now that the facts are plain, the placid surface cracked,
The protocols of friendship broken?
I cannot walk by day as now I walk at dawn
Past the still house where you lie sleeping.
May the sun burn away these footprints on the lawn
And hold you in its warmth and keeping.
I am compelled to compose
A review in verse
And have forgotten all about the prose!
I'm afraid, some day soon,
I am going to be
A girl who even
talks in poetry!
Your poems have made me laugh,
Your poems have made me cry,
And God help me!
They've even made me sigh!
I have started thinking in verse,
And my words haven't been quite right,
Thanks to 'Beastly Tales From Here And There'
And now, 'All You Who Sleep Tonight'!
During the course of his doctorate studies at Stanford, he did his field work in China and translated Hindi and Chinese poetry into English. He returned to Delhi via Xinjiang and Tibet which led to a travel narrative From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet (1983) which won...more