The Editors mourn the loss of two poets in this issue.
As a frequent contributor since 1982, Jayanta Mahapatra (1928–2023) enriched The Hudson Review with his poems and an occasional “Letter from India,” bringing to our readers both the news and atmosphere of his native Cuttack, Odisha, and beyond. He was the first Indian poet to win the coveted Sahitya Akademi Award for English poetry. A former lecturer in physics, he turned to poetry in his sixties, publishing in both English and Odia.
The natural habitats of Cape Cod, where Brendan Galvin (1938–2023) lived in Truro, Mass., were the always-engrossing topics of his poems that appeared in the magazine often since 1968. Among other awards, in 2006 he received the prestigious Aiken Taylor Award in Modern Poetry from The Sewanee Review. A professor of English, his major teaching position was at Central Connecticut State University.
We shall miss the voices of these two poets, who had in common the love of the land that nourished them.