University of California Press, Paperback, 9780520268852, 129pp.
Publication Date: February 2011
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Srikanth Reddy's second book of poetry probes this world's cosmological relation to the plurality of all possible worlds. Drawing its name from the spacecraft currently departing our solar system on an embassy to the beyond, "Voyager" unfolds as three books within a book and culminates in a chilling Dantean allegory of leadership and its failure in the cause of humanity. At the heart of this volume lies the historical figure of Kurt WaldheimSecretary-General of the U.N. from 1972-81 and former intelligence officer in Hitler's Wehrmachtwho once served as a spokesman for humanity while remaining silent about his role in the collective atrocities of our era. Resurrecting this complex figure, Reddy's universal voyager explores the garden of forking paths hidden within every totalizing dream of identity.
About the Author
Srikanth Reddy's poems have appeared in various journals, including "APR, Grand Street, Fence, " and "Ploughshares, " and his critical writing has been featured in publications such as "The New Republic, The Chicago Tribune, " and "American Literature." He has held fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Whiting Foundation (in the Humanities) and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. A graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop and doctoral candidate at Harvard University, Reddy is currently the William Vaughan Moody Writer-in-Residence at the University of Chicago.