Hoshang Merchant: Poems for Vivan (English)
Hoshang Merchant, born in 1947, teaches English at the University of Hyderabad. Writers’ Workshop, Calcutta, has published ten books of poems by him. In the biographical note attached to Hotel Golkonda (1991), a cycle of poems written for a young waiter whom he befriended, he describes himself as “still searching for the ideal friend.” In Yusuf in Memphis (1991), he evokes many traditions of homoerotic writing, including those of Greek love, modernist English poetry and the Persian-Urdu ghazal. Flower to Flame, from which the poems here are taken, was published by Rupa & Co. in 1992. Merchant is the editor of Yaraana: Gay Writing from India (Delhi: Penguin, 1999), a collection of contemporary writings on gay male experience.
KeywordsForest Fire Gender Study Male Experience Indian Material Biographical Note
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