Our knowledge of the relationship between the poet Srinivas Rayaprol and William Carlos Williams was expanded dramatically by the publication in 2018 of Why Should I Write a Poem Now: The Letters of Srinivas Rayaprol and Williams Carlos Williams, 1949–1958,1 edited by Graziano Krätli, who is now co-editor with Vidyan Ravinthiran of a volume of Rayaprol’s work titled Angular Desire: Selected Poems and Prose. Taken together, the two volumes reveal Rayaprol’s achievement as a writer who came of age with Indian Independence and who stayed his course as an Anglophone poet throughout a career ending with his death in 1998. In his afterword to Angular Desire, Krätli offers a concise guide to the cultural and personal situation of Rayaprol in this milieu, including a critical appraisal in which he describes him, not disparagingly, as one “whose work appears to be marked, since very early, by a...

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