Cultural Rootedness Of Indian English Poetry
Radha Chakravarty
ENCOUNTERS WITH PEOPLE AND THE ANGELS OF HOPE by H.K. Kaul Authors Press, New Delhi, 2017, 210 pp., 450
April 2017, volume 41, No 4

Not quite belonging to the domain of international English poetry, nor integrated with the literary traditions of other Indian languages, Indian poetry in English has often been projected as a homeless genre. The poetry of H.K. Kaul demonstrates, to the contrary, that Indian English poetry possesses the power to express a sense of cultural rootedness in a language that connects it with the rest of the world.

As editor of the Journal of the Poetry Society of India (English) and President of the Poetry Society of India, Kaul has been a major player in the promotion and publication of Indian English poetry. He is also a prolific writer, with sixty books to his credit, including fifteen volumes of poetry, such as On the Waves, In Deep Seas, Firdaus in Flames, Poetry of the Raj, Poetry India, Poetry of the Young and In the Islands of Grace.

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