Jeet Thayil

b. 1959
Jeet Thayil
Performance poet, librettist, and novelist Jeet Thayil was born in Kerala, India. He was educated in Hong Kong, New York City, and Bombay, and his work across genres is noted for its innovative lyricism and use of far-ranging influences. Poet Vijay Seshadri noted that Thayil is “contemporary precisely because he has such command of the poetic and historical past, and because his invented language has such depth, archaeological richness, and reality.” Thayil’s collections of poetry include Gemini II: Selected Poems (1994), Apocalypso (1997), English (2004), and These Errors are Correct (2008). He edited Give the Sea Change and It Shall Change: 56 Indian Poets (2005), Divided Time: India and the End of Diaspora (2006), and The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets (2008). His first novel, Narcopolis (2012), was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won a DSC Prize for South Asian literature. Thayil lives in New Dehli.

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POET’S REGION Asia, South

LIFE SPAN 1959–

Jeet Thayil

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Performance poet, librettist, and novelist Jeet Thayil was born in Kerala, India. He was educated in Hong Kong, New York City, and Bombay, and his work across genres is noted for its innovative lyricism and use of far-ranging influences. Poet Vijay Seshadri noted that Thayil is “contemporary precisely because he has such command of the poetic and historical past, and because his invented language has such depth, archaeological . . .

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