As A Fountain In A Garden

Tarang Press, publishing 2005 and 2011/reprint


As A Fountain In A Garden is a series of thematically linked love poems addressed to the author’s former husband who took his life. The 31 connected poems are a dialogue between a woman and her ghost husband.

It is the inner journey of a survivor of suicide whose process of grief turns from a suicidal sorrow, guilt, and suffering, to a resurgence and celebration of life. Kapur’s brutal honesty throughout the poems and a prose epilogue gives the reader an insight into the hidden springs of human nature, and makes this book of poems a powerful and moving experience.

The grief of his loss was an opportunity for self-transformation and the poems were my journey through death, back to a new perception and experience of life, says Kapur.

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This book of poems signals the arrival of a serious poetical voice of our times. Kapur’s diction is characterized by clarity, simplicity, depth of mythic symbolism and an exceptionally delicate handling of imagery in the meditations on colours and textures . . . . Such delicacy of chiseling is reminiscent of the work of early Imagist poet, Hilda Doolittle. . . . . The lyric poignancy of these lines recalls Sappho’s fragments.

Christine Krishnasami, Deccan Herald, Dec 11, 2005

Seldom is there a unity of thought, action, and emotion as found in these poems. This is poetry of remarkable fearlessness and integrity towards life. I wish this poet a long path of glory and acceptance.

Jaya Kumar, Joint Secretary Ministry of Culture, India

This poetry is so stirring, so magnificent in its nobility and yet so sensuous in its presence. I do not remember ever reading poetry like this which dares to go where most poets have feared to go.

Ashok Vajpeyi, prominent Indian Poet

What an amazing sequence of poems it is! It virtually flows from beginning to end. The metaphors and images are always apposite, and are tightly woven together, making a seamless and gorgeous Indian rug.

John Mood, author of Rilke on Love and Other Difficulties, and Joyce’s Ulysses for Everyone, Or How to Skip Reading It the First Time.

This is a very fine book of poetry showing tremendous courage and imagery. Harvest is a fabulous poem. The person is right there and haunts me.

Keki Daruwalla, prominent Indian Poet

The enormous craft, the great deal of thinking, and the task of making it all so effortless are remarkable.

Dr. B. N. Goswamy, Art Historian, Critic, Writer, author of The Piety and the Splendor.

Her pen moves from the simple act of grieving—now accusing, now remembering, now lamenting—to finally triumphing.

Hindustan Times, 2 October 2005

Beautiful, powerful and moving, the poems flow from one to another, broaching a difficult subject with purity…

The Tribune, 30 September 2005

K. Kapur’s recital of her poems left a profound impression on a select gathering at the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Academy.

Times of India, 1 October 2005

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