Voyager: Book summary and reviews of Voyager by Srikanth Reddy

Voyager

New California Poetry

by Srikanth Reddy

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Voyager by Srikanth Reddy
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Srikanth Reddy's second book of poetry probes this world's cosmological relation to the plurality of all possible worlds. Drawing its name from the spacecraft currently departing our solar system on an embassy to the beyond, Voyager unfolds as three books within a book and culminates in a chilling Dantean allegory of leadership and its failure in the cause of humanity. At the heart of this volume lies the historical figure of Kurt Waldheim--Secretary-General of the U.N. from 1972-81 and former intelligence officer in Hitler's Wehrmacht--who once served as a spokesman for humanity while remaining silent about his role in the collective atrocities of our era. Resurrecting this complex figure, Reddy's universal voyager explores the garden of forking paths hidden within every totalizing dream of identity.

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"Starred Review. [A] highly ambitious book of political poetry that speaks hauntingly of our world." - Publishers Weekly

"Reddy's book of nuanced yet piercing inquiries into matters of conscience and ambition, truth and power, peace and war emulates its astonishing namesake, arcing across time and space to cast light on mysteries of cosmic significance." - Booklist

"Through Reddy's 'erasures' and the negative capabilities of his excavated text we feel, even if we cannot see, what's missing, what's gone--into outer space, into self-denial, into the ironies of history and of the role between the wielders of pens and of swords. We find ourselves--culpable, impressionable, alive--in the human space he has created." - Chronicle of Higher Education

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Srikanth Reddy

Srikanth Reddy is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Chicago and the author of a previous collection of poetry, Facts for Visitors.

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