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Final Cut

by Saleem Peeradina

“If your head is spinning, try this: crumple the piece of paper / and store it in the black hole of your pocket never to be found again”

Saleem Peeradina is one of the most important Indian poets writing in the English language. In Final Cut, his fifth collection, the poet’s focus is turned towards the beauty that lies below the surface of the everyday; the extraordinary hiding in the ordinary.

These poems are hymns of praise – to birds, to objects, to fruits and to our own human bodies, intently recounting the character and history of each. In time, items as mundane as a sparrow, a stapler or an orange take on the appearance of wondrous gifts.

These meditations are joined by monologues, the remarkable yet unremarkable stories of characters encountered by the poet in India, Michigan and beyond. This is the work of a master of language; a self-proclaimed ‘participant-observer’, set to delight a new generation of poetry readers with this enthralling collection.

‘Peeradina’s poems are attractively autobiographical, free from posturing, refreshingly untortured in their attitudes and their language.’
— Craig Raine

‘Verbal witchcraft at its best.’
— The Times of India

‘Sublime verse ... The poet’s language is always approachable, fueling poems that are ambitious in their scope and desired end.’
— World Literature Today


Saleem Peeradina was born in Mumbai, India in 1944. He is the author of five collections of poetry, and a prose memoir of growing up in Bombay, The Ocean in My Yard (Penguin, 2005). He was editor of Contemporary Indian Poetry in English (Macmillan, 1972), one of the earliest and most widely used texts in courses on South Asian literature. He currently lives in Michigan, and is Emeritus Professor of English at Siena Heights University.

His fifth poetry collection, Final Cut, was published by Valley Press in June 2016.


Edition: Paperback

Date Published: 2016-06-09

ISBN: 9781908853684

Catalogue Number: VP0085

Number of Pages: 66

Cover design by Jamie McGarry

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