Landscape of the Dispossessed

This long narrative poem is a brave attempt to chronicle the searing landscape of the dispossessed, deprived and destitute forgotten by the official recorders of history in an attempt to make visible what is essentially considered irrelevant and as a consequence undocumented. Srivastava writes with evident sincerity and passion that gives the poem its impetus and also paradoxically its greatest weakness for its unflagging scrutiny of poverty is static and not moored by authorial validation of the moral high ground the poet continuously occupies.