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"Moral instruction is one of poetry's oldest functions, but it is often hard for modern poets to muster the confidence that earlier writers must have felt, both about their own wisdom and their position in society, to tell us how to live. So it can be startling to encounter an unknown work that speaks directly to us with this lost confidence." Akshay Ahuja, Cerise Press (read the entire Cerise Press review)

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Give, Eat, and Live is a selection of poems translated from the 12th century Tamil poet Avvaiyar, arguably one of the most important female poets in Tamil's two-thousand-and-five-hundred years of literary history, and certainly one of the best known, of any gender.

Although people across the state of Tamil Nadu know many of her works by heart, she has received little attention outside India, owing largely to the lack of decent translations. The one comprehensive work in English, Avvaiyar, a Great Tamil Poetess, by C. Rajagopalachari (Bombay: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 1971), has long since been out of print and renders Avvaiyar's poems in accurate but wooden translations. This book, by contrast, seeks to render her finest songs in a supple and poetically charged English that allows both her intellect and poetry to shine.

The selection includes poems from two of Avvaiyar’s major books on the good life, Muturai, “The Word that Endures,” and Nalvali, “The Right Road.” It also includes a generous sampling of poetry that was written separately and later gathered into collections. All of them use a Tamil verse form called venpa, dating back to the late Sangam period (first to third century C.E.). Though they speak of ethics, they do not cease to be poetry, employing imagery drawn from the Tamil landscape as well as a deeply musical line. These are poems meant to be chanted and sung.

Many of these poems have been published individually, both in India by the country’s leading journal of Indian literature in translation and by the Temenos Academy in London. Give, Eat, and Live, in turn, will bring her work the wider attention it has long since deserved. Both aficionados of Indian literature and lovers of poetry alike will savor this first literary translation of one of Tamil’s best loved poets.

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"And it was these translations — their subtlety, their delicacy, their deceptive simplicity — that convinced me that in Tom we have a genuine Poet in our midst." Paul L. Love, director of the Study Centre for India Literature in English and Translation, Madurai, India

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"Thomas Pruiksma’s translations present ancient wisdom-teaching poems in luminous, sparkling English as lively and rich as they must have been in the 12th century Tamil of their author, Avvaiyar. Read these poems; eat these poems; give them away; live with them. They are a joy." Sam Hamill

About the Author

 Thomas H. Pruiksma is a writer, poet, and translator from Seattle, Washington. His other books include A Feast for the Tongue: Forty Servings of Spoken Tamil with Helpings of Equally Spoken English, co-authored with Dr. K.V. Ramakoti, and The Body and the Earth: Notes from a Conversation, with the artist C.F. John. When he's not reading or writing, you can find him working in the garden, performing magic, and making music with family and friends on Vashon Island, where he now lives.

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Sumitra, August 15, 2010 (view all comments by Sumitra)
An eminently readable review. I was drawn to reading it because of my Indian background, and to the idea of Awaiyar writing poetry in the twelfth century because of my keen interest in the gender dimension of it. I wasn't sure I would like the poems since they were openly moralistic. But after reading those included in the review, I came away delighted by their clean simplicity and their wisdom wrapped in lovely poetic garb.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781597090971
Author:
Avvaiyar
Publisher:
Red Hen Press
Translator:
Pruiksma, Thomas H.
Translator:
Pruiksma, Thomas
Author:
Pruiksma, Thomas H.
Author:
Pruiksma, Thomas
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Edition Description:
1st Edition
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
72
Dimensions:
8 x 6 x 0.3 in

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Product details 72 pages Red Hen Press - English 9781597090971 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Moral instruction is one of poetry's oldest functions, but it is often hard for modern poets to muster the confidence that earlier writers must have felt, both about their own wisdom and their position in society, to tell us how to live. So it can be startling to encounter an unknown work that speaks directly to us with this lost confidence." (read the entire Cerise Press review)
"Review" by , "And it was these translations — their subtlety, their delicacy, their deceptive simplicity — that convinced me that in Tom we have a genuine Poet in our midst." Paul L. Love, director of the Study Centre for India Literature in English and Translation, Madurai, India
"Review" by , "Thomas Pruiksma’s translations present ancient wisdom-teaching poems in luminous, sparkling English as lively and rich as they must have been in the 12th century Tamil of their author, Avvaiyar. Read these poems; eat these poems; give them away; live with them. They are a joy."
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