3 Sections

3 Sections
Vijay Seshadri

Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry

“Confront[s] contemporary dilemmas with caustic humor.”The New Yorker

About the Book

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

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.

Additional Reviews

“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