White Lotus Book Shop in collaboration with Nepal Tourism Board today organized the Kathmandu launch of “Drunken Boat”, America’s oldest online magazine along with the launch of renowned Nepali poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma’s new book, “Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems published by Nirala Publications, New Delhi.
Speaking at the occasion senior poet Shailendra Sakar appreciated Yuyutsu Sharma’s contribution in making Nepalese literature visible on the world map. “
The soul of the Nepal lies in Nepali poetry,” Yuyutsu said, explaining how from the beginning poets like Rimal, Devkota, Bhupi and Sakar have played vital role in ushering democracy in Nepal.”
Several poets included in Drunken Boat Special Nepal issue read poems included in the prestigious American magazine. Nepali Poets Hari Adhikary, Shailendra Sakar, Promod Snehi, Purna Viram, Punya Guatam, Bishwa Sigdel and Shreejana Bhandari read the Nepali version of the poems selected by the magazine. Yuyutsu read the same poems in English.
Yuyutsu Sharma new book, Quaking Cantos was launched by the poets included in the Drunken Boat Nepal Issue. Yuyutsu read his poems like “I see my world shaking” and “Family Deity” from his Quaking Cantos focused on Nepal earthquake, 2015. He is also working on a Nepal Earthquake memoir and will be published next year. Nepali poet and novelist, Hari Adhikary appreciated role of White Lotus in organizing weekly White Lotus poetry series for more than 20 years and appreciated Yuyutsu’s role in making Nepali literature known to the outside world.
Artist including s Hari Khadka, Naresh Sainju and Prasant Shrestha also expressed their views and shared memories of their past collaborations with poets and writers.
Maya Healers: A Thousand Dreams : Photographs and text by Fran Antmann
ISBN 9-788182-500631 pp.200 2017 Hardcover
A book of photographs and writing that explores the power and mystery of ancient indigenous healing practices among the Maya people of Guatemala.
“Fran Antmann grew to know a culture, lived in it, merged with it, translated it,and loved it. She photographed the dreams that guide us to wisdom and healing, then wrapped those images in quetzal feathers. Today, she returns her vision of the world to the men and women she met through this encounter between cultures. It is a privilege to have been invited to write the preface to this book which is more than a book—it is a revelation.
—Carolina Escobar Sarti, Guatemalan poet
“Fran Antmann’s work in Maya Healers, years in the making, is imbued with the depth and texture only great photography can achieve; where the images transcend being mere documents but reach great art. Many of the images, especially of the people in their daily lives, are transcendent and absolutely gorgeous, revealing an empathy and visual perception that is timeless.”
— Ed Kashi, international prize-winning photojournalist
“…With clear-eyed reporting and her starkly moving images of Mayan life along the shores of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, and the healers who live and work there, Fran Antmann has shed light on a story known to few outside the Mayan world….”
—Joyce Maynard, novelist and journalist
Maya healers derive their powers from connection to the supernatural. Drawing on dreams, intuition and ancient traditions, they heal the sick surrounded by friends and family. I was privileged to be included in these intense, intimate healings and to listen to the stories and dreams of these healers, shamans and bonesetters. Thirty years ago such ceremonies could have triggered a brutal crackdown. Now they are now part of a proud resurgent Maya identity.
Fran Antmann is a documentary photographer, writer and teacher living in Brooklyn, New York. For thirty years, she has been documenting the lives and cultures of the Maya, Andean, Inuit and Dene indigenous people—in the villages surrounding Lake Atitlán in Guatemala, in the villages and mining towns of the Peruvian highlands, in the tundra of the Canadian Arctic and in Baffin Island, Canada.
Her work has been exhibited and published in New York, Texas, Peru, Mexico, France, England and Denmark. Her photographs are in the collections of the International Center of Photography, the Brooklyn Museum, the Haverford College Collection, The Museum of Photographic Arts, Denmark, and various private collections.
Antmann received a doctorate in Fine Arts from New York University and teaches at Baruch College, City University of New York. She has received grants from the Fulbright Commission, the Ford Foundation, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Agfa Corporation, the Social Science Research Council, the Puffin Foundation and the J. Paul Getty Foundation. She was also awarded numerous New York State Foundation for the Arts fellowships.
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America’s leading online magazine, Drunken Boat launches Folio feature on Nepalese poetry and arts
KATHMANDU – Drunken Boat, America’s oldest online magazine is going to publish its 24th issue with a special focus on Nepal and Himalayan Arts. The poems are edited and translated by world renowned Himalayan poet Yuyutsu R.D. Sharma. The issue will include 35 poets and select artists from Nepal.
Evoking the spirit of New Nepal and themes of love, war and hunger, the folio ranges from older generations poet Gopal Prasad Rimal, Krishan Bhakta Shrestha Bhupi Sherchan, Bimal Nibha, Shailendra Sakar, Purna Viram, Shyamal, Hari Adhikary, Yuyutsu Sharma along with younger generation poets like Buddhi Sagar Chepain, Chunky Shrestha, Padma Gautam, Keshab Silwal, Arun Budhathoki and Promod Snehi. Also, works of Shashi Shah, Hari Khadka, Ragni Upadhyaya, Kiran Manansdhar and Niresh Sainju and others have been featured.
The issue also includes Yuyutsu Sharma’s exhaustive introduction “A Quiet Space for Poetry in Nepal.” outlining the Nepali poetry’s history and its current scenario.
The literary giant is also planning to bring the issue in a book format with some additional translations from Yuyutsu Sharma later along with a Special section on Nepalese woman poets.
It is the first time ever in the history of Nepali literature that a foreign publisher is publishing the works from the Himalayan nation. Most importantly, the issue also focuses on Himalayan arts.
In words of Drunken Boat Editor, Erica Mena, “It’s a gorgeous issue, full of some of the best work I’ve seen in our pages.”
Fulcrum: Selected Poems
by Irene O’ Garden
ISBN 9-788182-500860 pp.90 2017 Hardcover Demy
Praise for Irene O’Garden’s Work
Sparkling musicality, deep emotion and discerning reflection distinguish O’ Garden’s poems. Here is a fine intelligence at work—and at play—revealing a tonic perspective in a range of poetic expression, including lyric, narrative and her own innovative “fulcrum” forms. Her close observation and sensual delight in language make “Fulcrum” an experience both grounding and uplifting.
“Bewitching…astounding…heartbreaking” — New York Times
“For many years now, the poet, playwright, and memoirist Irene O’Garden has been a hero to me. I think of her as a walking, writing, beam of light… numberless others will come to know her gifts and, most of all, her captivating talent for wonder and marvel.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love
“Lush imagery…poetry set to the life cycle of nature.”
Distinguished American poet and playwright, Irene O’ Garden’s poetry has found its way to stage, e-screen, hardcover, literary magazines, anthologies and now, her first collection. Her critically acclaimed play Women On Fire, (Samuel French) played sold-out houses at Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre and was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award. O’Garden won a Pushcart Prize for her lyric essay “Glad To Be Human,” (Untreed Reads) Harper published her memoir Fat Girl (Untreed Reads, e-form) and her poems and essays have been featured in dozens of literary journals and anthologies. O’ Garden founded The Art Garden, a performing literary magazine which she produced and hosted for twenty-five years. She now contributes to the spoken word event 650-Where Writers Read, in New York City and Sarah Lawrence College. Irene is also a Poetry Educator with the Hudson Highlands chapter of the national River Of Words program, connecting children to nature via poetry and art.
Praise for Irene O’Garden’s Fulcrum.
Fulcrum is a stunning assessment of human life on the planet, a requiem of the mutant seasons when ‘wind steals/the juices from our eyes/our land cracks open / with an unrequited love ‘and ‘our mountains are on fire.’
Experimental, theatrical and engaging, these poems are like molten lava of our minds, ‘a single stinging tear,’ a howl of every heart, a garland of ‘offered images’ on the altar of life, ‘funeral of funerals themselves,’ and a song of ‘American shame (that) brings us to our knees.’
This is a newer version of The Waste Land, a metaphoric pyramid of natural elements whose admirations ‘blooms like fruit,’ a casebook of the wounds of life and the wisdom you draw out of them. Like splinter of a stone that the poet once stepped on never came out, the poems once read will become part of you and help you ‘know the knowing that we know.’
–Yuyutsu Sharma, Himalayan Poet, author of Quaking Cantos; Nepal Earthquake Poems and A Blizzard in my Bones: New York Poems
The poems in Irene O’Garden’s new book, Fulcrum, illustrate the importance and vitality of poetry in our daily lives. Beautiful imagery, powerful emotions, simplicity, complexity and thought provoking subjects – all drawn from relatable life experiences – make reading her work a journey of discovery and reflection by focusing on what it means to live a life of passion and wonderment. Like the author herself, the poems in these pages inspire and draw one in. This is a beautiful collection.
—Professor Jane Kinney-Denning of Pace University, President of Women’s National Book Association
“Somewhere between Wordsworth and Dylan Thomas but soaring on her own wings, Irene O’Garden flies high, taking language to new strata with effortless-appearing dips and ascents which made me gasp. Every line could be a poem in itself. I often thought of the “green fuse of life” as nature and color combine in indescribable but absolutely recognizable ways.”
—Laura Shaine Cunningham, best-selling memoirist (Sleeping Arrangements and A Place in the Country) and frequent NY Times contributor.
An immersion into what we relish, how we live, a kind of shining beacon that doesn’t shy away from the tough stuff…Highly recommended.
– Janet Pierson, Producer SXSW Film Conference and Festival
In a far-ranging and elegant suite of poems, Irene O’Garden balances a galaxy of incommensurates on the fulcrum of a disciplined intelligence. “I am a blueprint of Herbert-like sacred meditation, the latter in a narrative about being chased by a bull. Her technique suggests influences ranging from Donne to Bishop, from Frost to Moore. Soulful and rewarding, these poems remind us that “We’re not made of matter but of mattering.”
—T.R. Hummer, whose poems appear in The New Yorker, Best of American Poetry, Harper’s, Atlantic Monthly, Paris Review, and twelve volumes of his own.
Having delighted in and been enlightened by Irene’s eloquent human poetics for over two decades, I was kind of shocked when she told me this was her first published poetry collection. I couldn’t quite believe it. Then I checked all her warmly gifted and gratefully shared titles on my bookshelf and yes, indeed, this was her first poetry collection.
And thus, Fulcrum, where we all balance and “blossom like a love-mussed bed.” Like “a wound in the noon of a life.” Language hinging on voice. Voice on the cyclone currents of our aches and pains. Our joy and promise. The realization that “I sing a thanking song.” And “caress creation’s verbs.”
– – Mike Jurkovic, curmudgeon poet, VP, Calling All Poets
Out of Calaboose :New Poems
Karen Corinne Herceg
ISBN 9-788182-500853 pp.91 2017 Paper Demy
American poet Karen Corinne Herceg graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University with a B.A. in Literature & Writing and has graduate credits in editing, revision and psychology. A recipient of N.Y. State grants, she has featured at major venues such as The N.Y. Public Library, The Queens Museum, The Province town Playhouse, St. John’s University, Binghamton University and many others with such renowned poets as Pulitzer Prize winners John Ashbery and Philip Schultz and poet William Packard, founder of The New York Quarterly. She has studied with David Ignatow, Philip Schultz and writer/novelist Glenda Adams. Karen was co-founder and editor of The First East Coast Theatre & Publishing Company which published poetry by Anna Adams, Stuart Kaufman, Roger Steigmeier and a novel by Charles Powers.
Her first volume of poems is Inner Sanctions. She publishes poetry, prose and essays in a variety of magazines and literary journals. Karen’s most recent publications include Antioch University’s Lunch Ticket Journal, The Avalon Literary Review, MockingHeart Review, Badlands, The Furious Gazelle, Reminisce—a publication of Readers Digest– and several publications in the U.K. Her work is read on various radio broadcasts, and she has been interviewed by The Epoch Times. Karen is currently working with Khalilah Ali, writing her memoirs as the former wife of the legendary Muhammad Ali.
Karen is a member of Poets & Writers, Writers Digest, the Academy of American Poets, PEN America, The Poetry Society of America and C.A.P.S. and is a featured poet on the New York poetry scene. Her website is: www.karencorinneherceg.com and you can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Clutching her vision firmly in hand, Karen Corinne Herceg paints her inner world in such a vivid fashion that I was compelled to submerge myself in Out From Calaboose completely, and then not surface at all until I put down the last poem. What I wove through during the course of that reading was a feast: imagery fine enough that it startled; rhythms that wove from poem to poem, joining all their music together; and language so sleek that not one word had been left standing if it ought not to be. In this collection, Herceg brings us her life and all its many emotional truths, some ugly, some beautiful, but all revealed with restraint–so that by book’s end, we are left in wonder.
–Linda Gray Sexton, author of Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back To My Mother, Anne Sexton and Half in Love: Surviving the Legacy of Suicide
In Out from Calaboose, Karen Corinne Herceg traces what one might call a karmic trajectory from oppressive relationships in adult life back to a controlling or absent parent whose chiseled stone dates leave “impressions in her flesh.” And, after that, to a freeing.
—Roberta Gould in the Foreword
Herceg is a grand ‘maker’ in our Eastern tradition, an emergence of a fresh American voice that pulls out of her past a dark abyss of time, ‘herding children, objects and desires’ and brings along her story with a ‘feline intensity,’ very much like her cats, never looking hurt, ‘just indignant.’ Here are poems racing against the chill of time and treacherous tides that have washed away years of a young woman who stands now at the threshold of life with ‘her grocery bags’ and sings songs of the new, her new hope in ‘greens and fruits’ tethered to ‘a grassy firmament,’ birthing through ‘a placenta of debts’, cutting umbilical cords, dragging herself throughthe mire of inherited sins in a ‘maternal bloodbath,’ a place where her parents rest in sullen ‘drawers of steel.’ This is a remarkable work, a Virginia Woolf moment stretched into a book of poems, or a Whitman rumination that refuses to come to an end, enamored as it is by life’s ongoing rush. Out from Calaboose affirms Herceg’s faith in a poet’s visionary status as she imagines her hand reaching toward, snapping through ‘embryonic clay’ and sculpting lives that could become whole…
–Yuyutsu Sharma, Himalayan Poet & author of Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems and A Blizzard in my Bones: New York Poems
Often it is a pronounced sense of wonder that makes poets like Karen Corinne Herceg. In her volume, she is Alice in her Wonderland, a curious child asking Why? Why? Why? Why are “our impatient lives [spent] in fluorescent lit aisles”? Why can a mother only offer “left over hippie love before the dusk of empty bottles”? Why is it that “time chimes clocks as if we were a gift”? And why do we [keep] “kicking [ourselves] back onto the cross, always just shy of redemption”? When a child asks Why, she expects a truthful answer. So does Herceg. She wants to get to the bottom of just why we break out of our birth shells so passionately, with biting egg teeth, only to construct invisible shields, brick and mortar walls and personal calabooses that separate us from each other. What drives us? What forces impose themselves on us? The poems in Out From Calaboose compile a quest for truthful answers, one of which Herceg instinctively knows when she quotes Carl Sagan at the beginning of her poem “Alternatives” – for small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.
—Janet Hamill, American poet, author of Body of Water
In her powerful new volume, Out from Calaboose, Karen Herceg clearly demonstrates the loneliness and wonder of a “world scaled for living”(from “Tableau”). Herceg’s is a world fueled by travel, whether it is global wanderings or the travelings of a troubled spirit seeking rest or resolution: “Will anything stave off this thing/called salvation–/how if we pine and ponder enough/somehow we will deserve explanations” (from “After Me, The Poem”). Her verse can often be troubling, as when she describes the transparent boundaries separating creatures from nature (the immolation of birds as they hit pane glass, a sacrifice to hubris); culture from culture; people from each other; and humans from nature: “tree bark flakes/plants wither/glaciers melt and slide/and we watch it on monitors” (from “Corporate Menu”). Once she has her reader thus in thrall, the poet ups the ante in positing a world fueled by despairing travail and the imminence of death: “Can we only be saved in loss?” (from “Epithalamium”). But then it becomes evident that the poet has a different world-view in mind when she juxtaposes such darkness with the idealism of her elegant and touching “Hudson History:Honoring Pete Seeger” in which she infers the redemptive power of hopefulness, of what the world might be, stemming from a new vision. Out from Calaboose is a marvelous, skillful, and evocative work.
—Dr. David B. Austell, Columbia University
Herceg’s poetry has honesty and a sane, healing quality. As a poet she fulfills one of the most crucial needs of our troubled age: Truth-seeking. There’s no pretense in Herceg’s approach.”
—Robert Milby, Poet & Hudson Valley, NY Poetry Series Host
The Dhimals: Miraculous Migrants of Himal: An Anthropological Study of a Nepalese Ethnic Group
ISBN 9788182500082 2016 PP 294 Rs. 295 Free Shipping in India and Nepal
Dr . Rishikeshab Raj Regmi is a prominent Nepalese anthropologist.
The Dhimals : Miraculous Migrants of Himal captures the mechanism of an agrarian Nepalese ethnic group caught in the crossfire of tradition and modernization. Dr. Regmi, for the first time, attempts to analyze the society of the Dhimals in a purely anthropological perspective. Describing all around socio- cultural facets of the Dhimals society, Dr. Regmi endeavors to study and determine how certain demographic, ecological and social changes are interacting with the traditional setting in the Jhapa district of Eastern Nepal Terai to alter its basic social structure and cultural traits. Dr. Regmi adopts a systematic development approach and places emphasis on the relevance of economy, occupational variables to the social structure of the Dhimal families.
The book is an authentic account of the little known migrants of Himal who are attempting to adjust the pressures of modernization without letting their traditional value system collapse.
“The well-known Nepalese scholar and anthropologist, Dr. Rishikeshab Raj Regmi has vividly analyzed the entire socio-cultural structure of the fast changing society of Dhimals of the Nepal Terai . His study with an anthropological perspective widely covers the theme he has undertake for his scholarly pursuit and shows how custom and tradition influences behavior, economy, polity and how developing societies are adjusting themselves to the influence of modernization.”
Dr. Ishwar Baral Former Vice-Chancellor, Nepal Academy, Kathmandu
All Vows: New & Selected Poems
David B. Axelrod
ISBN 978-8182500822 2016 pp 194
Cover and artwork by Jessica Robinson
All Vows: New & Selected Poems is the most thorough selection from most vibrant contemporary American voice, David B. Axelrod. Result of his forty-plus years as a professional poet, the book is divided almost equally between new work and poems going back to his first book published in 1968. However, the contents are arranged thematically rather than chronologically including poems dealing with family, nature, sports; poems about prejudice and politics; covering a host of topics ranging from the sacred to the profane.
Current Volusia County, Florida, Poet Laureate, Axelrod writes in direct but clever language—more witty than metaphoric. A poem entitled “Sun Worship,” that recounts the warnings of his dermatologist, ends with the lament, “No one can tell me Vitamin D stands for death.”
Celebrated American poet, editor and anthologist, X. J. Kennedy, commenting on a previous Axelrod collection, said, “For all the artfulness of his poems, there is something unliterary about them—that is, they don’t smell of the scholar’s lamp, they seem at times to have turned up in the Lost & Found department of a hotel in Long Island City.”
That easy artfulness is reflected in the comments of Florida’s State Poet Laureate, Peter Meinke: “Many of us have been reading David B. Axelrod’s approachable, wise, and witty poems for decades, so it’s a real treat to have so many of them collected in one book. All Vows deserves a wide and appreciative readership.”
All Vows, with topics from backseat driving to xenophobia, autograph collecting to valentines, is not just an enjoyable read, it is teachable text for poetry, and to make that point, those ordering the book for classroom use can request a free copy of Lessons for All Vows: A Student & Teachers Poetry Guide. The book of new and selected poems has ample samples of a variety of styles, sonnets, haikus, tankas, and poems that serve as prompts for those who write poems of their own. William Stafford, whose own poems were renown for their simple artfulness, described Axelrod’s work as, “Poems to cherish and pass around … a prize to keep.”