And in more poem-y news, here it is, the link to the full text of my sestina, “Befriending the Dead,” which won a “Highly Recommended” place in a recent poetry competition organised by the Hongkong-based literary journal, Cha
My poem, “This Wall Survived Because it Stayed Useful” (first published here by Cha: An Asian Literary Journal) was recently translated into Italian by Francesca Spinelli, the poetry editor of the magazine Internazionale (unfortunately, there is no online version, so I don’t have text to go behind the image for folks who use screenreaders, only this JPEG from which i can’t copy-paste. Sorry!)
How random, but how lovely to see your own words, translated by a complete stranger, into a language you don’t understand :)
I only just saw this video of our readings in Paris last September. Such a lovely memory, and so glad some of these performances are recorded for the future.
I come on around minute 52, Karthika Nair right before, Akhil Katyal right after. But really, watch the whole thing when you have an hour — everyone was incredible.
That said, if you watch nothing else about this video, watch Jeet’s beautiful performance of his poem “To Baudelaire” accompanied by piano music at 1:09. What a close to what an evening.
As some of you might know, I have recently launched an arts-for-social-change program for teenagers in Delhi, under the ChangeLoomsWith.in fellowship. Happy to see the initiative being recognised — we have only taken our first baby steps yet, but here’s to hoping this grows as serendipitously and magically as the rest :)
(apologies to folks with low vision or others who use screen readers. I tried, but failed, to get a copy of this text that I could upload as background text, and this photo isn’t great either. I wish you could all read this, but I’m running up against the internet here :( )
Honored that The Fingers Remember finds a home amongst Sudeep Sen’s “Best Books of 2014″ picks in the Guardian, amongst so many other fantastic poetry titles. For all those of you who’ve been asking me for recommendations for contemporary Indian poetry, here’s plenty to start with!