Vidyan is a graduate student and lecturer at Balliol College, Oxford. His pamphlet, ‘at home or nowhere’, was published last year by tall-lighthouse; other poems have appeared in Magma, Poetry Review, The North, The Times Literary Supplement, and are forthcoming in Ambit, Stand, Horizon Review, Poetry Wales and an anthology of American and Oxford poets to be published by Waywiser Press.
Vidyan's poems are a heady mixture of exotic language and strangely real personal experience, cemented together by a verbal wit and a winning, amused half-mockery. They are a delight.
The angel of dream-work from at home or nowhere
Gently, I emancipate the paperback loosely gripped
still by one trailing hand, riffling the pages with
that well-worn, windy motif that means time passing.
A few rubber shreds leave long shadows
aslant your thigh-smooth page in the lamplight;
the typeface is paler here where you’ve erased
some deep underlining that presses through
to the verso, so a little ridge highlights the shadow
I’ll fit to the furrow scrowed between your eyebrows,
as if a dog-eared page could forget its place
like pillows shunted numbly off the mattress
or that one bare shoulder wrangled free of your t-shirt
– deferring, for the moment, those archetypal ley-lines
a second reading may gently activate.