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3 Sections: Poems (Hardcover)
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* Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry *
The long-awaited third poetry book by Vijay Seshadri, "one of the most respected poets working in America today" (Time Out New York)
Vijay Seshadri's new poetry is assured and expert, his line as canny as ever. In an array of poetic forms from the rhyming lyric to the philosophical meditation to the prose essay, 3 Sections confronts perplexing divisions of contemporary life—a wayward history, an indeterminate future, and a present condition of wanting to outthink time. This is an extraordinary book, witty and vivacious, by one of America's best poets.
About the Author
Vijay Seshadri is the author of two previous poetry collections, Wild Kingdom and The Long Meadow, the winner of the James Laughlin Award. He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
“An extraordinarily naked modern consciousness, an intensely experienced dislocation, a beautiful intelligence: Seshadri's poetry is exhilarating.” —Jonathan Franzen
“[A] compelling collection of poems that examine human consciousness, from birth to dementia, in a voice that is by turns witty and grave, compassionate and remorseless.” —Pulitzer Prize Judges' Citation
“Confront[s] contemporary dilemmas with caustic humor.” —The New Yorker
“Deft yet direct, often funny and yet alert to existential quandaries, this third outing . . . could be the most versatile, as well as one of the most successful, volumes this year.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“[Seshadri] is so talented, so able, and writes with such panache.” —Booklist
“Anyone concerned about the state of American poetry should put aside his or her thesis notes and pick up a copy of 3 Sections. . . . Mr.Seshadri is talented and assured enough to lay his self-consciousness bare on the page with a generous, fluid, avuncular wit reminiscent of W.H. Auden.” —The American Reader
“Truly original. . . . [Seshadri] attempts the impossible and succeeds. . . . I read it twice; it was worth it.” —Washington Independent Review of Books