Tiny Extravaganzas

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Arrowsmith Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.32 inches | 0.46 pounds
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About the Author
Diane Mehta was born in Frankfurt, grew up in Bombay and New Jersey, studied in Boston, and now makes her home in New York City. She is the author of the poetry collection, Forest with Castanets (Four Way, 2019), as well as a poetics and style guide, How to Write Poetry (Barnes & Noble Books, 2005), and the essay collection Happier Far (University of Georgia Press 2024-25). Her work has been recognized by the Peter Heinegg Literary Award, the Café Royal Cultural Foundation, a Kirby-Mewshaw fellowship at Civitella Ranieri, and a fellowship at Yaddo. She was the founding managing editor of A Public Space, launched and edited Glossolalia for PEN America to publish writing from traditionally underrepresented languages, and was executive nonfiction editor for Guernica.
"In a time when memory is in short supply, Diane Mehta is the poet to remind us where the muses came from and what they mean to show us. To poems about isolation and community, and to what will surely stand as the most powerful poem of the shocking early days of the pandemic, she brings a superb ear for language pitched towards music, a fascination for the way words combine into revelation. With Homer, Milton, Dante, and Whitman as her guides, she has found her way where few of her contemporaries would even think to go."

- Jordan Smith,

author of Little Black Train

"Diane Mehta's ekphrastic poems dilate and amplify and burn, enact that Yeatsian notion that '[a]rt is love modeled in experience / fired at higher temperatures than experience.' These poems give us a speaker whose unruly feelings are wildly metered, and 'who refuses to cohere in an abstract field.' She takes in the whole 'bee-vibrating' world through the senses."

-Diane Seuss

author of frank: sonnets

"These are lavish, lush poems about the power of art. Diane Mehta's attention to the music that lives in words and the metaphorical possibilities that inhabit images is astonishing. A building 'leans into its shade of angles' and a flower is 'burdened by its scent, its silhouette all season / petaling and unpetaling.' Her erudite and complex mind steps always to the side, to observe, to think. 'My clocks tick-tock with caveats, ' Mehta tells us. 'No peace of mind.'"

-Kevin Prufer

author of Fear