What Else Could It Be
Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series #17 (2015)
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Ravi Shankar will read from What Else Could It Be at the C’Mere Honey offsite reading during the 2015 AWP conference in Minneapolis, Thursday, April 9, 2015. Details here.
Advance Praise for What Else Could It Be
“What Else Could It Be: Ekphrastics & Collaborations is a lesson is finding ‘the zone’ by allowing oneself to surrender a bit of control. In it, Shankar collaborates both with paintings (painters) and with other contemporary poets while the book becomes more and more clearly itself because it is about having one’s ‘head a bed for/supple coupling,’ and about ‘bringing new forms of elasticity into being.’ ” —RAE ARMANTROUT
“Reading and re-reading Ravi Shankar’s new collection was exhilarating. It’s an extraordinary exploration of the possibilities of collaboration.” —PETER ORNER
“ ‘[T]he two of you rubber-banding / even with the inevitable decay intosomething / else’ might be an apt description of the poetic process of Ravi Shankar’s exhilarating new book, What Else Could It Be: collaboration as a seamless Möbius strip between Shankar and one of a myriad of other contemporary poets, interlaced with ekphrastic poems in dialogue with visual art and dance.” —SHARON DOLIN
Ravi Shankar is the founding editor of Drunken Boat and the author/editor/publisher of 10 books and chapbooks of poetry, including W.W. Norton & Co.’s Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond (2008), the National Poetry Review Prize winner Deepening Groove (2011), and Instrumentality (2004), the Finalist for the Connecticut Book Awards. He has won a Pushcart Prize, appeared in the New York Times, the Paris Review, the San Francisco Chronicle and on PBS, BBC & NPR. He is a Professor of English at CCSU and teaches in the first international MFA Program at City University of Hong Kong.