A Year in Reading: Jeet Thayil

Dom Moraes: Selected Poems. Edited with an Introduction by Ranjit Hoskote. (Penguin India, Modern Classics, 2012) For a season, Dom Moraes (1938-2004) was one of the most famous poets in Britain. He was 19 when he won the Hawthornden Prize. He is still the youngest poet to have won the prize, as well as the only non-Englishman. But the early fame may have been his undoing. He produced three good books and then encountered a writer’s block that lasted 17 years. With a selection of 80 poems from a long and turbulent career, a 77-page introduction, and detailed notes on each poem, the volume is a long overdue appreciation of Moraes in his native country. And it is unusual in at least one respect: it enacts a hopeful sign for a literature that doesn’t set much stock by its own history. More from A Year in Reading 2012 Don't miss: A Year in Reading 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 The good stuff: The Millions' Notable articles The motherlode: The Millions' Books and Reviews Like what you see? Learn about 5 insanely easy ways to Support The Millions, and follow The Millions on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr.