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3 Sections

Vijay Seshadri
First I had three
apocalyptic visions, each more terrible than the last.
The graves open, and the sea rises to kill us all.
Then the doorbell rang, and I went downstairs and signed for two packages—
            —from “This Morning”
In an array of poetic forms from the rhyming lyric to the philosophical meditation to the prose essay, 3 Sections confronts perplexing divisions of contemporary life—a wayward history, an indeterminate future, and a perpetual longing to out-think time. This is a vital book by one of America’s best poets.

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The winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, now in paperback

About the Author

Vijay  Seshadri
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Vijay Seshadri was born in Bangalore, India, and came to America as a small child. He is the author of three collections of poems: 3 Sections, winner of the Pulitzer Prize; The Long Meadow, winner of the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets; and Wild Kingdom. He is currently the Myers Professor of Writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Upcoming Events

Vijay Seshadri reading at Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House in New York, NYview map
Part of The New Salon series. In conversation with Alice Quinn. Co-sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program and Poetry Society of America.

Stephanie Burt, Vijay Seshadri, and Jenny Xie appearing as part of the 3rd Singapore Literature Festival

National Black Theater in New York, NYview map
"Play and the Art of Poetry," a panel with Vijay Seshadri, Stephanie Burt, and Ng Yi-Sheng. Moderated by Jenny Xie. Book signing to follow.

This panel is double billed with a performance of Medea by Cake Theatrical Productions. Both events are free and open to the public.


  • “Confront[s] contemporary dilemmas with caustic humor.”The New Yorker
  • “Deft yet direct, often funny and yet alert to existential quandries, this third outing . . . could be the most versatile, as well as one of the most successful, volumes this year.”Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • “[Seshadri] is so talented, so able, and writes with such panache.”—Booklist
  • “An extraordinary naked modern consciousness, an intensely experienced dislocation, a beautiful intelligence: Seshadri's poetry is exhilarating.”—Jonathan Franzen
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