Ratnakar Valmiki writes about Abhimanyu Kumar and his collection ‘Milan & the Sea’ in The Wagon Magazine
The book is a breath of fresh air in the current landscape of Indian English poetry, where the main concerns among the young poets seem to be either to wax eloquence about their own erudition or to complain against the world around them. Kumar does neither. As is the concerns of a first collection of poems, Kumar’s poetry is essentially a means to understand himself, within the bounds of his personal connections, his father and his son, and the others he meets. What I find most remarkable in these poems is how Kumar refuses to wallow in self-pity, though there are ample opportunities to do so. Neither does he launch on irate triads. Instead, he is a clinical observer of his world, including himself. Perhaps this detachment of tone was acquired from the poet’s experience as a journalist. This may also explain why he uses a plain, spoken idiom. There is trickery of language, no show of erudition, but a sincere attempt to observe and report.
Read the complete feature, ‘Of Everyday Poetry’ in The Wagon Magazine.