Kazim Ali who's many books include poetry, essay, fiction and translation says ‘Hoshang belongs to everyone. He belongs to no one. He is himself. Which, for a poet, is an achievement of the most profound and unspeakable kind’...
Everyone tumbles through the pages of Hoshang Merchant's My Sunset Marriage: One Hundred and One Poems. Parent and prostitute, lover and charlatan, Jew and Turk, madman and saint, fornicator and abstainer, the geisha and the devdasi as well as the Mumbai starlet. Here’s God’s plenty. Devoured by a voracious appetite, spewed out as poems by a compulsive energy.
This is modernism with its pants down, uncle Ezra lending arse at Wayside Inn, Kala Ghoda, Bombay; this is Bombay pretending to be Paris, paan-stained and all. This is convent English giving Mumbai Marathi a well-deserved kick in the pants; this is the Parsi Queen desperately mimicking Sultan Padamsee if not Jean Genet.
My Sunset Marriage represents the life of Hoshang Merchant told through the best poetry he has written over forty years, selected and introduced by Kazim Ali. Hoshang (b. 1947) has authored twenty-nine books of poetry, literary commentary, translations, memoirs, and anthologies including Yaraana: Gay Writing from India (1999) and most recently Secret Writings of Hoshang Merchant (2016). In the mid-1980s, Hoshang made Hyderabad home and taught generations of students at the English Department of University of Hyderabad till he retired in 2012.
In our Poetry section, Rs.395.00 ISBN 9788189059798. In hardcover, 232 pages