The covers of Nightfall contain the poetic works of a young but surprisingly mature mind. Profound thoughts have been expressed with the Extreme economy of words. The poems contain oceans in cups and epics in brief lyrics. A beautiful exposure of the perception of modern times by a mind filled with faith. The metaphors and the allusions are sparkling. English poetry will find an unprecedented taste of the East. The couplet style of Urdu and Persian poetry has been blended in brilliant consort. This book of poems richly deserves a very wide readership.
William Radice has pursued a double career as a poet, and as a scholar and translator of Bengali. He read English at Oxford, where he won the Newdigte Prize for poetry in 1971 and wrote his first book, Eight Sections (Secker & Warburg, 1974). He went on to do a Diploma in Bengali at the School of Orient & African Studies (SOAS), London. After five years working as a psychiatric nurse and a schoolmaster, he returned to oxford to write a D.Phil. thesis on Michael Madhusudun Datta. In 1990 he became Lecturer in Bengali at SOAS. His publications include two more books of verse (Strivings, 1980 and Louring Skies, 1985, both published by Anvil Press), Selected Poems, and Selected