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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

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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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  • “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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