Poetry at Sangam




Robert Kelly has worked as a translator and teacher, most notably at Bard College, where he has worked since 1961. In addition, he has served as Poet in Residence at the California Institute of Technology (1971–72), Yale University (Calhoun College), University of Kansas, Dickinson College, and the California. The Black Mountain poetics of Robert Duncan and Charles Olson had a decisive influence on his writing. Kelly has published more than fifty books of poetry and prose, including Red Actions: Selected Poems 1960-1993 (1995) and a collection of short fictions, A Transparent Tree (1985). He also edited the anthology A Controversy of Poets (1965). Kelly was of great help to the Hungryalist group of poets of India during the trial of Malay Roy Choudhury, with whom he had correspondence, now archived at Kolkata. Kelly received the Los Angeles Times First Annual Book Award (1980) for Kill the Messenger Who Brings Bad News and the American Book Award, Before Columbus Foundation (1991) for In Time. He also serves on the contributing editorial board of the literary journal Conjunctions. He is married to the translator Charlotte Mandell.

Translations by Robert Kelly

Shame1 by Birgit Kempker