About the BookAn Armless Hand Writes is Srivastava’s second book of poems. Most of the fifty one poems the book contains, deal with the complex interaction of conscious and unconscious aspects and processes of human psyche and personality—individual as well as collective—both involved in unresting cycles of realities and dreams, necessitating retrieval, oftentimes painful from memory—again individual as well as collective. They help us delve into ambiguous, unbridged, fragmented, and obfuscated diversities of various aspects and processes, particularly those which are quiescent for long but keep floating occasionally, exhibiting clashes and disturbances within. And in the poems, insurmountable problems concerned with the “self” and the “I” and intricate relationships between the whole and the parts and vice versa never get blurred or remain fugacious.
This book continues in the tradition of Srivastava’s first book of poems, Ineluctable Stillness, which Bernard M. Jackson, a prominent poet from U.K., in his incisive review, described as “the work of a perfectionist in his natural element”, “intellectually challenging” and “having distinct echoes of T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’ with perhaps an added flavouring of playwright Samuel Beckett”. In tackling and describing his themes, Srivastava ensures that the primacy of intellect, intuition, and imagination is never dethroned in the poems.
Those who read the book with patience will certainly enjoy it and would like to read it again and again.About the Author/sK.K. Srivastava, born in July 1960 in Gorakhpur in eastern Uttar Pradesh, had his entire schooling there and did his M.A. in Economics from Gorakhpur University in 1980. He joined Indian Audit and Accounts Service in 1983. Having served in different capacities in Shimla, Puducherry, Allahabad, Mumbai, Gwalior and Ranchi, he currently heads a Training Institute in Jaipur. While at leisure, he reads and writes.