There is no pretension in Sanjeev Sethi’s poetry: Ananya S Guha


The first aspect of Sanjeev Sethi’s immaculate poetry is its eye for detail, and a language that is crisp and exact. Sometimes, the use of some words takes one by surprise, but it is exactly this element of surprise which is the figurative speech in his intelligible poetry.

“In this home throbs an unusual tune” (“Fingerprint” page 53).

The movements in these poems are strikingly noticeable the streets, the bar, household memories, the urban scape, probing deeply but fortuitously into relationships etc. But there is also at times an intense sense of introspection and de-mystification.

“Some wounds require healing of the hurt. Life’s lesson, it is best to purge one’s own pus”. (“Life Lesson” page 12).

It is these kind of the aphoristic turn of phrases which gives to his poetry a fresh light to discover and re-discover within, the solace of spiritual entity disturbed by experiences. Yet the poet remains unruffled, never emotionally excited or quickened by anger.

“But is there a pesticide for the past” (“Nocturnal Activity” page 3).

“Metropolis” is a fine example of an inner tussle between the rural and the urban. 

“In my world there is no valley, no rivulet nearby. Mind is the landscape” (“Metropolis” page 19).

“Capsules” is a very interesting exposition of life’s wisdoms.

“Throb of childhood pain still pounds unlike latter-day hurts. Has one been sedated by sadness” (page 21).

There is no pretension in Sethi’s poetry or an inverted arcaneness. It is directly addressing audience which he knows, understands and can take for granted. His tone is always matter-of-fact, his images sensory but never opulent. Here is a poet who can cleverly, adroitly juxtapose faith, reason, compassion, satire and wit into a grand poetic chiaroscuro. This book is highly recommended to the reader. Published by a prestigious international publishing house, Sethi’s poetry is given the right exposure. Writing relentlessly and consistently publishing both at home and abroad Sethi does not fit into an ‘ intellectual ‘  and elitist coterie which dominates Indian English poetry today marked by many runaway poets eager only for fame and reputation, writing a prolix inaccessible poetry. 

Title: This Summer And That Summer

Author: Sanjeev Sethi

Publisher: Bloomsbury India

Pages : 53

Price : Rs 199


Ananya S Guha

Ananya S Guha

Ananya S Guha works in the Indira Gandhi National Open University, Shillong (Meghalaya) as an Academic Administrator. He has over 30 years of teaching and administrative experience. He has six collections of poetry and his forms have been published world wide. Some of his poems are due to appear soon in an Anthology of Indian Poetry in English to be published by Harper Collins.