Poppies in Translation

Poppies in Translation Sujata Bhatt
  • Title: Poppies in Translation
  • Author: Sujata Bhatt
  • ISBN: 9781847770202
  • Page: 216
  • Format: Paperback
  • Poppies in Translation Sujata Bhatt Poppies in Translation Indonesia South Africa Estonia Lithuania Shetland Nicaragua Many worlds meet in these poems as nature dyes Sujata Bhatt s many languages with its own hues The real merges with the surreal and the
    Indonesia, South Africa, Estonia, Lithuania, Shetland, Nicaragua Many worlds meet in these poems as nature dyes Sujata Bhatt s many languages with its own hues The real merges with the surreal and the allegorical certainties are undone in an open ended quest A Chinese cook ignores a predatory snake, a heart surgeon lives most intensely between operations, Gregor Samsa Indonesia, South Africa, Estonia, Lithuania, Shetland, Nicaragua Many worlds meet in these poems as nature dyes Sujata Bhatt s many languages with its own hues The real merges with the surreal and the allegorical certainties are undone in an open ended quest A Chinese cook ignores a predatory snake, a heart surgeon lives most intensely between operations, Gregor Samsa s sister proposes a different sort of metamorphosis, someone listens to the Holy Ghost sing, a woman hears her daughter s voice in birdsong, and the poppies in translation mutate according to the languages and histories they inhabit, ultimately persisting in a space beyond language At times, language itself is injured by history Bhatt reimagines the haunted undertow of postwar Germany as experienced by Paul Celan and Ingeborg Bachmann Meanwhile, the poppies are ever present.
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    About Sujata Bhatt


    1. Sujata Bhatt was born in Ahmedabad, India She grew up in Pune India and in the United States She received her MFA from the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa To date, she has published six collections of poetry with Carcanet Press She received the Commonwealth Poetry Prize Asia and the Alice Hunt Bartlett Award for her first collection, Brunizem 1988 Subsequent collections include Monkey Shadows PBS recommendation, 1991 , The Stinking Rose shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize, 1995 , Point No Point 1997 , Augatora PBS Recommendation, 2000 , and A Colour for Solitude 2002 She received a Cholmondeley Award in 1991 and the Italian Tratti Poetry Prize in 2000 She has translated Gujarati poetry into English for the Penguin Anthology of Contemporary Indian Women s Poetry, and has translated poems by Gunter Grass and Gunter Kunert Her translations from the German include Mickle Makes Muckle poems, mini plays and short prose by Michael Augustin Dedalus Press, 2007 She has been a Lansdowne Visiting Writer at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia, a Visiting Fellow at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, and recently was Poet in Residence at the Poetry Archive in London Her work has been widely anthologised, broadcast on radio and television, and has been translated into than twenty languages Currently, Sujata Bhatt lives in Germany with her husband and daughter.


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    1. I am one of First Reads winner and I really appreciated this collection of poetry.First of all, I wanna say I ve been truly impressed by Sujata Bhatt she has multiple influences, she knows many languages and cultures and all merge into her poetry.She uses many references, resonances and we can travel around the world with her poetry we can imagine her Poppies, like a living flame of love , we are attracted by the young girl s voice who is learning Rilke s poem, we can think about 1980, year of R [...]

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    2. Very good Can t wait to get a copy

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