Smita Agarwal. <i>Marginalized: Indian Poetry in English.</i>


  • Pramila Venkateswaran SUNY Nassau


poetry, poetics, Indian, English


Smita Agarwal’s edited volume of essays, Marginalized: Indian Poetry in English, is a triumphant argument for recognizing Indian poetry written in English as diverse, vibrant, and evolving. Many of the essays question previous critiques of Indian poets, question assumptions about writing in English, and offer a newer and better understanding of the divergent poetics during different periods of Indian literary history.

Author Biography

Pramila Venkateswaran, SUNY Nassau

Pramila Venkateswaran, poet laureate of Suffolk County, Long Island, and author of Thirtha (Yuganta Press, 2002) Behind Dark Waters (Plain View Press, 2008), Draw Me Inmost (Stockport Flats, 2009), and Trace (Finishing Line Press, 2011), is an award winning poet who is a Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Nassau Community College, NY. Author of numerous essays on poetics as well as creative non-fiction, she is also the 2011 Walt Whitman Birthplace Association Long Island Poet of the Year.