Celestial Mapin Publishing

Celestial

A Love Poem
Abhay K.

Celestial is a love poem of 100 rhyming couplets wherein the poet restlessly seeks his beloved, who is playing a game of hide-and-seek in the remote corners of the universe.   “Poetic inquiry at its finest... Celestial is a cultural gem, a mystical ludus.ˮ—Roula-Maria Dib, Director, London Arts-Based Research Centre  “Here is the perfect companion to any stargazing app—Abhay K’s delightful poem Celestial distills the poetic wisdom of the ages in splendid rhyming couplets.ˮ—Christopher Merrill, Director, International Writing Program, The University of Iowa  “A litany to take us out of ourselves, into what Carl Sagan called ‘star stuff’, our ancient home!ˮ—Gabriel Rosenstock, Poet, playwright, essayist, author, translator   “Whether one is into stargazing for ‘frolicking with Regil Kentaurus’ or for ‘ploughing the celestial bog’, Abhay K offers love-laced couplets of stellar delight. One will read this book and find one’s poetic star.ˮ—Ko Ko Thett, Poet, author, translator “These starry-eyed poems are born of a sorcery of voice and discovery, and strike a delicate balance between solitude and waywardness.”—Jayanta Mahapatra, Poet, translator

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Celestial is a love poem of 100 rhyming couplets wherein the poet restlessly seeks his beloved, who is playing a game of hide-and-seek in the remote corners of the universe.   “Poetic inquiry at its finest... Celestial is a cultural gem, a mystical ludus.ˮ—Roula-Maria Dib, Director, London Arts-Based Research Centre  “Here is the perfect companion to any stargazing app—Abhay K’s delightful poem Celestial distills the poetic wisdom of the ages in splendid rhyming couplets.ˮ—Christopher Merrill, Director, International Writing Program, The University of Iowa  “A litany to take us out of ourselves, into what Carl Sagan called ‘star stuff’, our ancient home!ˮ—Gabriel Rosenstock, Poet, playwright, essayist, author, translator   “Whether one is into stargazing for ‘frolicking with Regil Kentaurus’ or for ‘ploughing the celestial bog’, Abhay K offers love-laced couplets of stellar delight. One will read this book and find one’s poetic star.ˮ—Ko Ko Thett, Poet, author, translator “These starry-eyed poems are born of a sorcery of voice and discovery, and strike a delicate balance between solitude and waywardness.”—Jayanta Mahapatra, Poet, translator
Celestial is a love poem of 100 rhyming couplets wherein the poet restlessly seeks his beloved, who is playing a game of hide-and-seek in the remote corners of the universe. This breathtaking poem takes you on a poetic journey to all the 88 star constellations visible from Earth and reveals the hidden mysteries of the universe. Accompanied with exquisite illustrations by the tenth-century Persian astronomer ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi, Celestial makes a delightful read.

Abhay K. is the author of a dozen poetry collections, including Stray Poems (Poetrywala), Monsoon (Sahitya Akademi, 2022), The Magic of Madagascar (L’Harmattan Paris, 2021), The Alphabets of Latin America (Bloomsbury India, 2020), and the editor of The Book of Bihari Literature (HarperCollins, 2022), The Bloomsbury Anthology of Great Indian Poems, CAPITALS, New Brazilian Poems and The Bloomsbury Book of Great Indian Love Poems. His poems have appeared in over 100 literary magazines, including Poetry Salzburg Review, Asia Literary Review among others. His ‘Earth Anthem’ has been translated into over 150 languages. He received the SAARC Literary Award 2013 and was invited to record his poems at the Library of Congress, Washington DC in 2018. His translations from the Sanskrit of Kalidasa’s Meghaduta (Bloomsbury India, 2021) and Ritusamhara (Bloomsbury India, 2021) have won KLF Poetry Book of the Year Award 2020–21.

ISBN 9789394501157
Pages 160
Number of illustrations 46
Size 6.75 x 8.75” (171.5 x 222 mm)
Date of Publishing 1 November 2023
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin
Rights Available World rights
“Poetic inquiry at its finest... Celestial is a cultural gem, a mystical ludus.ˮ
—Roula-Maria Dib, Director, London Arts-Based Research Centre

“Here is the perfect companion to any stargazing app—Abhay K’s delightful poem Celestial distills the poetic wisdom of the ages in splendid rhyming couplets.ˮ
—Christopher Merrill
Director, International Writing Program
The University of Iowa

“A litany to take us out of ourselves, into what Carl Sagan called ‘star stuff’, our ancient home!ˮ
—Gabriel Rosenstock, Poet, playwright, essayist, author, translator

“Whether one is into stargazing for ‘frolicking with Regil Kentaurus’ or for ‘ploughing the celestial bog’, Abhay K offers love-laced couplets of stellar delight. One will read this book and find one’s poetic star.ˮ
—Ko Ko Thett, Poet, author, translator

“These starry-eyed poems are born of a sorcery of voice and discovery, and strike a delicate balance between solitude and waywardness.”
—Jayanta Mahapatra, Poet, translator

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