THIS IS NOW THAT WAS THEN by Vijay Seshadri
Seshadri’s fifth book of poems is wildly idiosyncratic, funny, varied in style. I found his preoccupations similar to Rankine’s in some ways: How do we live in tandem with the violence of the world? How do we not despair? His tone— elegiac, impish, absurd and erudite— is a completely imaginative and deeply personal response to the world.