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Series | India
Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr.



Stahlecker Selections

Four Way
2015 • 100 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry - Women Authors

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-55-0



“With her invocation of John Ashbery at the head of her long poem, Gray takes aim at an older mood that surrealism and modernism divided between them: Shakespearean woe-or-wonder, the Sublime, and the marvel….”—John Peck

Series | India is a sequence of poems linked by threads of intersecting and overlapping stories

Anchored by braided and unstable narratives of young Westerners in India, the poems in Series | India explore the rich borderlands that run between the familiar and the foreign, illumination and opacity, gods and charlatans.

In lyrics deeply informed by Gray’s study and experience in India, and formally characterized by shifting and juxtaposed perceptions, perspectives, and voices, we encounter a young couple seeking refuge and enlightenment in a place where the lines between the divine, the human, the gorgeous, the deadly, and the hilarious are often indistinct.

How do we make meaning of our encounters with love, death, the divine, the absurd, the horrific? What and how do we actually see? How do we choose? The poems explore these hard questions with compassion, humor, and awe.

Reviews / Endorsements

“These poems delight in the linguistic opportunities of Sanskrit texts and myths as well as our own Modernist canon. Gray possesses a fine poetic intelligence, as humble and compassionate as it is keen.”—Jennifer Grotz

“…these poems have taken root in the mind, creating a sacred place of shelter and revelation.”—Ravi Shankar



ELIZABETH T. GRAY, JR. is a poet, translator of classical and contemporary Persian, and corporate consultant. She has a BA and JD from Harvard University and an MFA from Warren Wilson College.



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