“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or Pen, then you have something very special – #Nelson Mandela.

Among most of the beautiful forms of Writing is a special artform ‘Poetry’, with its rhythm, rhyme, meter, and most importantly the art of expressing the feelings & emotions. No wonder, this form has been accepted since ages in various parts of the world, whatever the language it is written in. But for everyone to enjoy and have a feel of it, English poetry is preferred and popular among other languages.

One such personality who has made his mark among the renowned English poets (not talking of the British here) of today is #Vijay Seshadri, on whom I would like to throw some light today.

vijay seshadri

He is a poet, essayist, and literary critic based from New York. The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry -2014, Vijay Seshadri also won the James Laughlin Award for The Long Meadow (Graywolf Press, 2004) and the Wild Kingdom (1996). Many of his poems, essays, and reviews won him numerous rewards.

Most of his works in poetry have something in common. Do you want to know what it is? See for yourself:

Survivor (2004)

The Descent of Man (2010)

An excerpt from his recent collection “3 Sections (2014) which won him the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

to see me weeping in my room
or boring the tall blonde to death.
Once I accused the innocent.
Once I bowed and prayed to the guilty.
I still wince at what I once said to the devastated widow.
And one October afternoon, under a locust tree
who blackened pods were falling and making
illuminating patterns on the pathway,
I was seized by joy.

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Hope you did notice that he embeds his poetry with stunningly true stories by laying out his very own life. He asks big questions and addresses big issues of time and consciousness, suffering and devotion–but for all their deep seriousness of purpose, his poems refuse to take themselves too seriously.