CALLING OVER WATER

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Authors

Priya Sarrukai Chabria

Imprint

Poetrywala

Publishing Year

January 2020

Language

English

Edition

1

Pages

124

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ISBN-13 : 978-93-82749- 98-1
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Praise for Priya’s Poetry:

Written over a decade, Calling Over Water features poems in three movements. The first trails a wake of lacunae and dislocation but also remembrance and gratitude for departed loved ones. Next, the tempo shifts as the mind sifts through dazzlement, disappointments, riddles and resolutions. Poetry making and identity are explored and mapped. In the last movement, geographies of space and time are located through art, history and the act of journeying. The self is in part reconstituted and returned as a retuned being. “Are you recyclable?” “Why does art leap out of the window when there’s no terrorist attack, only collapse?” “What if you stop smelling of loathing?” These are some of the brave and probing questions Priya Sarukkai Chabria poses in Calling Over Water. While she remembers “The plants in the balcony need to be watered,” Chabria’s poems never let us forget that “mantling stars speak of vast/ wonder.” We need this book of blessings more than we know: “So borrow the river’s tongue rife with rubbish/ and holiness. Get going.” -John Bradley, author of Erotica Atomica In what could be daringly called postmodern travel poetry, Calling Over Water combines organic echoes and inner stammer, overlapping voices of multifariousness in a poetic exercise of intertextuality rare to be found in Anglophone Indian poetry. There are “shadows” in the poems everywhere, live and lost, in bold and gray, in “grains of memory” and its erosion, the crumbling and reformation of time, in voices of loss and return, all ceaselessly resisting the singularity of continuum. In a poetry empowered by rich experiences and widening travels, a knowledge-based alacrity imbued by deep cultural curiosity, Priya Sarukkai Chabria in Calling Over Water also engages in a wonderfully elusive nature writing that maps out her travelogues, resisting disruption and myth-building at the same time. – Aryanil Mukerjee, poet and translator, editor, Kaurab

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‘The poems of Priya Sarukkai Chabria are passionate, sensuous and intelligent, full of energy and enterprise. They hold their dramatic shapes with grace and establish her as a poet to read and return to time and again.’- George Szirtes, poet, translator and memoirist.

About the author

Priya Sarukkai Chabria is an award winning translator, writer, and poet nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize. Her books include speculative fiction, cross-genre non-fiction, a novel, two poetry collections, and translations of Tamil mystic Andal: The Autobiography of a Goddess (2016; in collaboration with Ravi Shankar). Awarded for Outstanding Contribution to Literature by the Indian Government, her work has been widely translated and anthologized, including in Another English: Anglophone Poems from Around the World (2014), The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry (2012), Eating God: A Book of Bhakti Poetry (2014), Drunken Boat, The Literary Review (USA), South Asian Review, PEN International, and The British Journal of Literary Translation.

About the author

Priya Sarukkai Chabria is an award winning translator, writer, and poet nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize. Her books include speculative fiction, cross-genre non-fiction, a novel, two poetry collections, and translations of Tamil mystic Andal: The Autobiography of a Goddess (2016; in collaboration with Ravi Shankar). Awarded for Outstanding Contribution to Literature by the Indian Government, her work has been widely translated and anthologized, including in Another English: Anglophone Poems from Around the World (2014), The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry (2012), Eating God: A Book of Bhakti Poetry (2014), Drunken Boat, The Literary Review (USA), South Asian Review, PEN International, and The British Journal of Literary Translation.

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