G. S. Sharat Chandra

(1938 – 2000 / Nanjangud, Karnatak / India)

G. S. Sharat Chandra
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G.S. Sharat Chandra was an internationally acclaimed author of both poetry and fiction. Much of his work touches on the deep emotions of the Indian/American immigrant.

Indian-born Chandra received a law degree in India but came to the United States in the 1960s to become a writer. He received his Masters of Fine Arts form the Iowa Writers Workshop. For most of his career, Chandra taught at the University of Missouri-Kansas City as a professor of Creative Writing and English (1983–2000). His most famous work, Family of Mirrors, was a 1993 Pulitzer Prize nominee for poetry. Author of ten books, including translations from Sanskrit and English into the Indian language Kannada, a ... more »

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  • Anusuya Yadav (8/1/2012 7:34:00 AM)

    poemhunter kindly do this favour for me...we have g.s. sharat chandra's REASONS OR STAYING, VENDOR OF FISH & CONSITENTLY IGNORED in our M.A. Syllabus...ive searched thoughout.. couldn't find those poems anywhere...unfortunately its not der in your website too...can u please post them as well? ? ? ?

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Best Poem of G. S. Sharat Chandra


Last night I arrived
a few minutes
before the storm,
on the lake the waves slow,
a gray froth cresting.
Again and again the computer voice said
you were disconnected
while the wind rattled
the motel sign outside my room
to gather
its nightlong arctic howl,
like an orphan moaning in sleep
for words in the ceaseless
pelting of sleet,

the night falling
to hold a truce with the dark

In the Botticellian stillness
of a clear dawn I drove
by the backroads to your house, ...

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