Fellows' Presentation

The Jewelled Deer

A Writing through Valmiki's Ramayana

Part of the 2013–2014 Fellows Presentation Series

Vivek Narayanan is working on a book of poems, currently titled “The Jewelled Deer,” that attempts to “write through” the Ramayana of Valmiki (the earliest Sanskrit poet) in fragmented, unpredictable, and sometimes contrary ways. Beginning with but not limiting himself to features and passages in the source text—and using a wide variety of formal strategies to do so—Narayanan is exploring the distance between our poetics and Valmiki’s.