Heart’s Beast: New and Selected Poems


‘Saleem Peeradina, poet, essayist, editor, anthologist, teacher, is one of the writers, artists, and intellectuals that during the past half century made Bombay central to the development of a lively, cosmopolitan, international, modern culture in India. He wrote about his surroundings, his life, and the conflicts between how he wanted to live and what was expected and possible. He remains a poet of the present, of desires, and expected social and cultural roles, along with the actualities of his life, especially his married life. Many of the later poems focus on food, especially fruits, and animals, especially birds, as emblems, moral symbols for observation and reflection. A noticeable theme of the poems is awareness of the many, often tiring and burdensome, roles expected of women. You do not need to be a feminist to recognise how much is expected of women.





Saleem Peeradina

Saleem Peeradina (born 1944) is the author of First Offence (Newground, 1980), Group Portrait (OUP, 1992), Meditations on Desire (Ridgeway Press, 2003), Slow Dance (Ridgeway Press, 2010), Final Cut (Valley Press, 2016), and Heart’s Beast: New and Selected Poems (Copper Coin, 2017). He edited Contemporary Indian Poetry in English (Macmillan, 1972), one of the earliest and most widely used texts in courses on South Asian literature. The Ocean in My Yard, a prose memoir of growing up in Bombay, was published by Penguin Books, in 2005. Meditations on Desire was published in Arabic translation by Kalima Publishers in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Peeradina has given readings all over the world. In 2003, he served as writer-in-residence at American College, Madurai, India, and at Lenoir-Rhyne College, NC. In 2009-10, he was writer-in-residence at the Chelsea Public Library, MI. Peeradina is Professor Emeritus at Siena Heights University, Adrian, Michigan. His personal papers, notebooks, drafts, collections of first editions of poets of the ’50s and ’60s, drawings, sketches have been acquired by the Bombay Poets Archive of the library at Cornell University. He can be reached at [email protected]


Saleem Peeradina

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