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Signature by Puviyarasu (Collection of Tamil Poetry)

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Item Code: NAK270
Author: K. S. Subramanian
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi, Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2016
ISBN: 9788126048755
Pages: 170
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Weight 240 gm
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About the Book

Signature (Kaiyoppam), is an engaging collection of poems with myriad moods - of authenticity of sentiment, introspection, philosophical reflection, anguish at social hypocrisy, wonderment about nature, a child's charm and poetic finesse. Dignity, sensitivity and studied understatement in the poems in this collection leave a deep imprint on us.

About the Author

Puviyarasu (b. 1930) is a leading Tamil poet, playwright and translator. Inspired by the Marxian ideology, Puviyarasu started publishing his poems from his early twenties. Born in a village in Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu, he worked as a Tamil teacher for more than thirty years. He was one of the founders of the Vanambadi literary movement, and wrote poetry on the issues of the common man in common man's language. In his literary career he has published more than 80 books which include five poetry collections, two plays and many translations including Shakespeare, Khalil Gibran, Omar Khayyam, Osho, Dostoevsky and Rabindranath Tagore into Tamil. He won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2009 for Kaiyoppam. He is also a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award for translation.

K.S. Subramanian served in the Government of India for nearly one and a half decades before retiring as Director. He has translated extensively from Tamil to English and has over 35 literary works encompassing novels, short novels and collections of poetry, short stories and essays to his credit. His writings on literary, social and development themes have appeared in seven volumes.


When my poetry-collection Kaiyoppam (Signature) won the Sahitya Akademi Award, I was delighted. It has led to a wider attention and recognition of this work.

This English translation gives me immense joy. Sahitya Akademi is a great institution, taking prize-winning literary works to other Indian languages.

All creative writers owe a deep debt of gratitude to Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru, who established this fine institution to foster relational links amongst Indian languages and amongst writers.

Indian Literature, a journal published by the Akademi, is a useful window to the overall literary trends in India. Beyond this exposure in capsules, the publication by the Akademi of many works in Indian languages provides an opportunity to savour those literary works.

I zealously treasure many literary works of other Indian languages published by the Akademi. The writers of my generation and aficionados of serious literature are still searching for the lost 'In search of Blue Jay'. I appeal to the Sahitya Akademi to republish such immortal classics.

I read the English translation of my collection Kaiyoppam. Dr. K.S. Subramanian has brought to the world, by his excellent rendition in English the fine literary creations of eminent writers like Jayakanthan. He has a deep perception and involvement in Tamil literature from the Sangam Age to Modern Tamil Literature including Tamil New Poetry. Thanks to his innate talent in translation, this English version reads like my original works and not as a translation. I deem this a great honour he has conferred on me. I am lost in gratitude for this fine gesture.

My heartfelt thanks to my friends in the Sahitya Akademi for bringing out this English version and giving it a wider reach.


1 Foreword ix
2 Translator's Note xi
3 Untitled 1
4 Mine 3
5 The Search 4
6 Constipation 6
7 Possibility 7
8 The Slush.. 8
9 No Response 10
10 The Weapon 12
11 Support Invisible 15
12 Erasure 16
13 Black 17
14 Archival Shots 18
15 Old Paati: Old Petty-shop 20
16 The Mind 23
17 The Reason! 24
18 Lust to Liberation 26
19 Seasoning 27
20 A Picture with Life 28
21 The Inauguration 30
22 The Trail 32
23 Indigestion 34
24 Weight 36
25 Tangle 37
26 Question-Answer 38
27 The Thorn 39
28 The Effigy 40
29 A Late-comer 42
30 Vedic Chant 44
31 Load-bearer 46
32 In the Forefront 48
33 The Continuum 50
34 The Slide 52
35 Relay Race 54
36 The Way 58
37 Wavering 60
38 That Word 61
39 No Waiting 64
40 The Door 67
41 Half Asleep 69
42 To the Dead-Some Words of Comfort 71
43 The Good / The Bad 74
44 The End 76
45 Loyalty 78
46 Naanayam 81
47 Salvation 82
48 A Whack 83
49 Brainwashing 85
50 The Signature 87
51 Worship 89
52 A Poet on' the Screen 90
53 E=MC2 92
54 Hope 94
55 Crossing the Threshold 95
56 Beneath the Blanket 97
57 Crying Shame 98
58 Oh! God! 101
59 Justice 104
60 The Sieve 106
61 The Clock Tower 108
62 Identity 109
63 Rage 111
64 That Look 113
65 The Wedding Game 115
66 Nature Poet 117
67 The Royal Court 120
68 Greeting's Fate 124
69 '...Unto the Blue-blooded 126
70 The Axe 128
71 The Satan 130
72 Silence 134
73 Be Awake! 135
74 The Spring 136
75 Imprints.. 139
76 March! 141
77 A Blessing? 143
78 Secure It! 145
79 The Wrong Beat 147
80 With Care Excessive 148
81 Confusion 152

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