Of shoes -- and ships -- and sealing wax --
Of cabbages -- and kings --
And why the sea is boiling hot --
And whether pigs have wings.
The second I can understand, but the first? Padel is an underwhelming poet. Her triumph is a triumph of politics, not of poetry. See this, for instance.
Cat: Agree that Padel is an underwhelming poet, but I don't know that Mehrotra is any better. Neither of them is a patch on Walcott, obviously (hence the lackluster candidates) but if we had to be stuck with one of them I'd rather it was Padel just so I don't have to be subjected to a lot of media nonsense about Indian poetry in English.
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