Shakespeare in the Parka is about surviving raw beauty in its varied forms. Whether it is grief over lost years, a dispossessed world or longing that sinks the hopeful, this experimental collection examines the timeless through the transitory. Seeking to be richly visual as it is full of murmurs, the poems recall several literary and artistic forebears, from Kafka to Pollock to Pynchon. With kaleidoscopic perspective, the pieces fearlessly examine the unevenness of love, the anguish of growing old, the agony of staying young and the unequalled thrill of never leaving home.
Praise for the Book
“Tushar Jain offers the reader a palimpsest of textures in this refreshingly original collection. From the inventiveness of his spatial creations to the surreal delights of narratives dense with allusion and laced with humour, these lush poems grab you by the collar. You need only to pay attention to be richly rewarded.”
— Sophia Naz, Pointillism
“Shakespeare In the Parka is a fearless debut by a poet of immense talent and grit, who boldly confronts what’s most urgent within a scope of freedom that is experimental—a constraint to be free. Read these poems and hear a “circus master” whip words to conform to an aestheticized pattern on the page. This book puts the reader in a park full of colours.”
— Saddiq Dzukogi, Inside the Flower Room
About the Author
Tushar Jain is an Indian poet and writer. He is the winner of the Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize, the RaedLeaf Poetry Award, the Poetry with Prakriti Prize, the DWL Short Story Prize, the Toto Funds the Arts Award for Creative Writing and has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. His first play ‘Reading Kafka in Verona‘ was longlisted for the Hindu Metroplus Playwright Award. His work has appeared in various literary magazines and journals such as Aaduna, Coldnoon, Papercuts, The Madras Mag, Vayavya and others. His work has also been anthologised in several publications, including the forthcoming Mapcalledhome anthology. His debut novel, Dragonwatching, will be published in 2019.