Yuyutsu Sharma to participate in XI Festival Internacional de Poesía de Buenos Aires

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World renowned Himalayan poet visits Argentina to  participate Festival Internacional de Poesía de Buenos Aires as a Guest poet along with poets from all over the world.The festival. 2016 celebrates its 11th Edition, the CCK from 7 to 11 June. The International Festival of poetry of Buenos Aires was born six years ago in the framework of the book fair of the city of Buenos Aires and every year receives poets from all over the world.

PARTICIPANTES 2016

Thomas Boberg, Dinamarca
Mireia Calafell, España
Giovanni Catelli, Italia
Sandra Cornejo, Argentina
Marta Cwielong, Argentina
Rebeca Chambi, Argentina
Benjamín Chávez, Bolivia
Lina Ekdahl, Suecia
Jorge Fondebrider, Argentina
Laura García del Castaño, Argentina
Berta García Faet, España-EEUU
Ana Guillot, Argentina
Sasja Janssen, Holanda
Dmitry Legeza, Rusia
Claudio Lo Menzo, Argentina
Florencia López, Argentina
Elisa Lucinda, Brasil
Giorgio Luzzi, Italia
Eugenio Mandrini, Argentina
Andrés Montenegro, Argentina
Moon Chung-hee, Corea del Sur
Hugo Mujica, Argentina
Adnan Özer, Turquía
Julio Pirrera Quiroga, Argentina
Mirta Rosenberg, Argentina
Julio Salgado, Argentina
Luís Serguhila, Portugal-Brasil
Marina Serrano, Argentina
Yuyutsu Sharma, India-EEUU
Numy Silva, Paraguay-Argentina
Kentaro Tanaka, Japón
Serge Patrice Thibodeau, Canadá
Malú Urriola, Chile
Minerva Margarita Villareal, México

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(Español) Programación

06

Pre-Inauguración
Acciones en las calles de la ciudad: lecturas con megáfono, suelta de poemas.

07

19:00 hs.
Inauguración

Proyección de un video
Palabras de Bienvenida: Gustavo Mozzi, Graciela Aráoz, Hernán Lombardi

19:30 hs.
Dmitry Legeza (Rusia), Giorgio Luzzi (Italia), Hugo Mujica (Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires)

20:30 hs.
Salón:
Jaime Lepé “Dajmé” presenta
DAJME, RARA MANERA DE AMANIERAR
Performance de música, video y fotografía. Copla Flamenca y cancionero iberoamericano.

Participan:
Dajmé (Jaime Lepé): cantante
Carlos Tardel: guitarrista
Felipe Ochsenius: percusión

Invitados
Gustavo Pagéz: pianista
Dalila Real: actriz y cantante

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19:00 hs.
Salón de poesía uno
Participan:
Ana Guillot (Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires), Florencia López (San Luis), Yuyutsu Ram Dass Sharma (India).

19:30 hs.
Salón de poesía dos
Participan:
Marta Cwielong (Pcia. de Buenos Aires), Giovanni Catelli (Italia), Benjamín Chávez (Bolivia).

20:00 hs.
Salón de poesía tres
Participan:
Julio Pirrera Quiroga (Pcia. de Buenos Aires), Thomas Barberg (Dinamarca), Gabo Ferro (Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires).

20:30 hs.
Salón de poesía cuatro
Participan:
Sandra Cornejo (Pcia. de Buenos Aires), Issa Makhlouf (Libia), Eugenio Mandrini (Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires).

21:00 hs.
Performance
Elisa Lucinda (Brasil).

Anfitriona de la gala: Graciela Aráoz

09

12:00 hs.
Lecturas con megáfono
Todos los poetas participantes del festival
Lugar: Viejo Mercado de San Telmo

19:00 hs.
Salón de poesía seis
Participan:
Andrés Montenegro (Bahía Blanca), Minerva Margarita Villarreal (México), Serge Thibadeau (Canadá).

19:30 hs.
Salón de poesía siete
Participan:
Osvaldo Bossi (Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires), Lina Ekdahl (Suecia), Rebeca Chambi (Jujuy).

20:30 hs.
Salón de poesía ocho
Participan:
Sasja Janssen (Holanda), Malú Urriola (Chile), Jorge Fondebrider (Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires).

Anfitriona de la gala: Graciela Aráoz

10

19:00 hs.
Salón de poesía nueve
Participan:
Julio Salgado (Santiago del Estero), Claudio Lo Menzo (Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires), Kentaro Tanaka (Japón)

19:30 hs.
Salón de poesía diez
Participan:
Berta García Faet (España), Moon Chong Li (Corea del Norte), Numa Silva (Paraguay)

20:00 hs.
Los poetas y sus cartas
Salón Federal del CCK, 6° piso.
Participan:
Jaime Dajme Lepé y Pedro Olivares (Chile)

20:30 hs.
Salón de poesía once
Participan:
Mireia Calafeli (Cataluña), Luis Serguhila (Portugal), Laura García del Castaño (Córdoba)

21:00 hs.
Performance a cargo de Miroslav Scheuba.
Informe desde la ciudad sitiada”, poema de Zbigniew Herbert.

21:10 hs.
Salón de poesía doce
Participan:
Marina Serrano (Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires), Mirta Rosenberg (Rosario- Ciudad Autónoma), Adnan Ozer (Turquía).

Anfitriona de la gala: Graciela Aráoz

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19:30 hs.
Proyección de video reportaje a Jorge Luis Borges.

20:00 hs.
Dúo Patricia Barone y Javier González. Tango.

20:30 hs.
Hasta luego Buenos Aires dicen los poetas participantes del festival

Thomas Boberg
Osvaldo Bossi
Mireia Calafell
Giovanni Catelli
Sandra Cornejo
Marta Cwielong
Rebeca Chambi
Benjamín Chávez
Lina Ekdahl
Jorge Fondebrider
Gabo Ferro
Laura García del Castaño
Berta García Faet
Ana Guillot
Sasja Janssen
Dmitry Legeza
Claudio Lo Menzo
Florencia López
Elisa Lucinda
Giorgio Luzzi
Eugenio Mandrini
Andrés Montenegro
Moon Chung-heeur
Hugo Mujica
Adnan Özer
Julio Pirrera Quiroga
Mirta Rosenberg
Julio Salgado
Luís Serguhila
Marina Serrano
Yuyutsu Sharma
Numy Silva
Kentaro Tanaka
Serge Patrice Thibodeau
Malú Urriola
Minerva Margarita Villareal

Anfitriona: Graciela Aráoz

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Yuyutsu RD Sharma

Recipient of fellowships and grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ireland Literature Exchange, Trubar Foundation, Slovenia, The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature and The Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature, Yuyutsu RD Sharma is a distinguished poet and translator.
He has  published nine poetry collections including, A Blizzard in my Bones: New York Poems (Nirala, 2016), Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems, (Nirala, 2016),  Milarepa’s Bones, 33 New Poems, (Nirala, 2012),  Nepal Trilogy, Photographs and Poetry on Annapurna, Everest, Helambu & Langtang (www.Nepal-Trilogy.de, Epsilonmedia, Karlsruhe, 2010), a 900-page book with renowned German photographer, Andreas Stimm, Space Cake, Amsterdam, & Other Poems from Europe and America, (2009, Indian reprint 2014) and Annapurna Poems, 2008, Reprint, 2012).

Yuyutsu also brought out a translation of Irish poet Cathal O’ Searcaigh poetry in Nepali in a bilingual collection entitled, Kathmandu: Poems, Selected and New (2006) and a translation of Hebrew poet Ronny Someck’s poetry in Nepali in a bilingual edition, Baghdad, February 1991 & Other Poems. He has translated and edited several anthologies of contemporary Nepali poetry in English and launched a literary movement, Kathya Kayakalpa (Content Metamorphosis) in Nepali poetry.
Two books of his poetry, Poemes de l’ Himalayas (L’Harmattan, Paris) and Poemas de Los Himalayas (Cosmopoeticia, Cordoba, Spain) just appeared in French and Spanish respectively.

Widely traveled author, he has read his works at several prestigious places including Poetry Café, London, Seamus Heaney Center for Poetry, Belfast, New York University, New York, The Kring, Amsterdam, P.E.N, Paris, Knox College, Illinois, Whittier College, California, Baruch College, New York, WB Yeats’ Center, Sligo, Gustav Stressemann Institute, Bonn,  Rubin Museum, New York, Cosmopoetica, Cordoba, Spain,  Irish Writers’ Centre, Dublin, Columbia University, New York, Southbank Centre, London, Amity University, Gurgaon, India, The Guardian Newsroom, London, Trois Rivieres Poetry Festival, Quebec, Arnofini, Bristol, Borders, London, Slovenian Book Days, Ljubljana, Royal Society of Dramatic Arts, London, Gunter Grass House, Bremen, GTZ, Kathmandu, International Poetry Festival, Granada,  Nicaragua, Nehru Center, London, March Hare, Newfoundland, Canada, Gannon University, Erie, Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt, Indian International Center, New Delhi, and Villa Serbelloni, Italy.
He has held workshop in creative writing and translation at Queen’s University, Belfast, University of Ottawa and South Asian Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany, University of California, Davis, Sacramento State University, California and New York University, New York.
His works have appeared in Poetry Review, Chanrdrabhaga, Sodobnost, Amsterdam Weekly, Indian Literature, Irish Pages, Delo, Modern Poetry in Translation, Exiled Ink, Iton77, Little Magazine, The Telegraph, Indian Express and Asiaweek.
The Library of Congress has nominated his book of Nepali translations entitled Roaring Recitals; Five Nepali Poets as Best Book of the Year 2001 from Asia under the Program, A World of Books International Perspectives.
Yuyutsu’s own work has been translated into German, French, Italian, Slovenian, Hebrew, Spanish and Dutch. He just published his nonfiction, Annapurnas & Stains of Blood: Life, Travel and Writing a Page of Snow, (Nirala, 2010). He edits Pratik, A Magazine of Contemporary Writing and contributes literary columns to Nepal’s leading daily, The Himalayan Times.

 

He was at the Poetry Parnassus Festival organized to celebrate London Olympics 2012 where he represented Nepal and India. Yuyutsu is the Visiting Poet at Columbia University, New York and will visit Argentina in June to participate in XI International Poetry Festival, Buenos Aires.

 

Half the year, he travels and reads all over the world to read from his works and conducts creative writing workshop at various universities in North America and Europe but goes trekking in the Himalayas when back home.
More: www.yuyutsu.de

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Yuyutsu Sharma’s Upcoming May-June Reading

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NEW YORK

Tuesday May 31st, 5:45 – 7:45

Yuyutsu Sharma ‘s  Reading at Ken Siegelman’s Brooklyn Poetry Outreach, at Brooklyn Public Library, Park Slope Branch, 431 6th Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11215Hosted by Anthony Vigorito

Wednesday June 1st, 5:45 – 7:00

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Yuyutsu Sharma at Rubin Museum: Honoring Nepal in Poetry and Film, Himalayan Heritage Meet at The Rubin Museum of Art150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011 Phones: 212.620.5000, 212.620.5000×344 http://rubinmuseum.org/

 

 

Poemas ImageBUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

June 7 –June 11

Yuyutsu Sharma as Guest Poet at XI Festival Internacional de Poesía de Buenos Aires. 2016  www.festivalpoesiabsas.com.ar

 

June 11, 2016 4:00 pm to 5;30

Yuyutsu Sharma to read at Festival de la Poesia de la India hosted by The Indian Embassy in Bueos Aries in collaboration with Universidad Abierta Interamerica University at Aula Magna, UAI Av San Juan 983 eventos@indembarg.org.ar

 

NEW YORK

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 6:30

Yuyutsu Sharma at Port Jefferson Free Library, 631 473-0022 100 Thompson Street Port Jefferson, NY, 11777, 631-473-0022 Fax: 631-473-2903 info@portjefflibrary.orgHosted by Kat Lamberg

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Tuesday, June 18, 2016 at 6:30

Celebrating the Soul of the Himalayas:  A Poetry Reading with Yuyutsu Sharma Windsor at YogaSole, Brooklyn, NY 11215. Registration required $10 with a Glass of Wine,  YogaSole • 254 Windsor Place • Brooklyn, New York 11215 • 718-541-1382 • email:info@yogasole.com

 

FLORIDA

Wednesday, June 22, 7 to 9 p.m.

Yuyutsu Sharma as feature poet at Wine-Me on  204 South Beach Street Daytona Beach 386-871-7769.The program is presented by Volusia County Poet Laureate Dr. David B. Axelrod, axelrod@poetrydoctor.org, or call 386-337-4567

 

CALIFORNIA

Sacramento

Monday, June 27th 7:30 pm
Yuyutsu Sharma to read with  Arturo Mantecón at Sacramento Poetry Center
Hosted by Wendy Williams, Sacramento Poetry Center 1719 25th St between Q and R, http://sacramentopoetrycenter.org
Saturday, July 2nd Time TBD
Yuyutsu Sharma reading at Asian Diaspora with
Jassi Bassi, Rhony Bhopla, Meera Klein, Heera Kulkarni
Sacramento Poetry Center 1719 25th St between Q and R, http://sacramentopoetrycenter.org
TUESDAY June 28, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Davis
Yuyutsu Sharma at the library of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Rd, Davis CA 95616 http://www.uudavis.org/ Hosted by Allegra Silberstein
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Oakland,

June 29 (Details follow)

 

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Celebrating the Soul of the Himalayas: A Poetry Reading with Yuyutsu Sharma

Celebrating the Soul of the Himalayas

A Poetry Reading with Yuyutsu Sharma

Saturday, June 18th, 7:00pm – 8:30pm.

$10 (includes a glass of wine)

A book signing and Q&A will provide further opportunities for discussion.

Windsor Terrace Neighborhood Yoga Studio – 254 Windsor Place Brooklyn, NY 11215

Register

We have the honor of hosting South Asia’s leading poet Yuyutsu Sharma at YogaSole as he will just be getting back from a poetry festival in Argentina and reading at the Rubin shortly before that! Half the year, he travels and reads all over the world to read from his works and conducts creative writing workshop at various universities in North America and Europe. He is currently based in New York City as a visiting poet at Columbia University. When back home, he is trekking in the Himalayas.

Yuyutsu Sharma has  published nine poetry collections including, A Blizzard in my Bones: New York Poems (Nirala, 2016), Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems, (Nirala, 2016),  Milarepa’s Bones, 33 New Poems, (Nirala, 2012),  Nepal Trilogy, Photographs and Poetry on Annapurna, Everest, Helambu & Langtang (www.Nepal-Trilogy.de, Epsilonmedia, Karlsruhe, 2010), a 900-page book with renowned German photographer, Andreas Stimm,Space Cake, Amsterdam, & Other Poems from Europe and America, (2009, Indian reprint 2014) and Annapurna Poems, 2008, Reprint, 2012).

Recipient of fellowships and grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ireland Literature Exchange, Trubar Foundation, Slovenia, The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature and The Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature, Yuyutsu RD Sharma is a distinguished poet and translator.

www.niralapublications.com

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http://yuyutsurdsharma.blogspot.com/

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YUYUTSU SHARMA TO READ AT RUBIN MUSEUM on June 1, 2016

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YUYUTSU SHARMA TO READ AT RUBIN MUSEUM:

HONORING NEPAL IN POETRY AND FILM
HIMALAYAN HERITAGE MEETUP

JUNE 1
6:00 – 8:30 PM

Join the leading South Asian poet Yuyutsu Sharma and the film director Amitabh Joshi for an evening program dedicated to Nepal. Sharma will read poems from his In Praise of Chomolingma, the Mother of the Winds of the World followed by a screening of Joshi’s film Tashi’s Turbine, an uplifting tale of a small village’s attempt to harness renewable, sustainable energy.

Professor David Austell, Columbia University, will introduce Yuyutsu Sharma.

A book signing and director Q&A will provide further opportunities for discussion.

Schedule

6:00-6:45 PM
Poetry reading with Yuyutsu Sharma in the exhibition Nepalese Seasons followed by a book signing

7:00-8:30 PM
Screening of the film Tashi’s Turbine followed by a Q&A with director Amitabh Joshi

About the Participants

Yuyutsu Sharma is South Asia’s leading poet published by Nirala with growing international acclaim. He is currently based in New York City as a visiting poet at New York University and has had several readings in Nicaragua, New York, Boston, and the west coast of the United States.

More: http://niralapublications.com/nirala-authors/yuyutsu-rd-sharma/

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Amitabh Joshi, originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, is currently based in New York City. He is interested in exploring environmental sustainability, cultural identities, and youth-related issues. He is a director and cinematographer at Vacant Light, a production company in New York City. Tashi’s Turbine is his first feature-length documentary.

Rubin Museum of Art

The Rubin Museum of Art is dedicated to the collection, display, and preservation of the art and cultures of the Himalayas, India and neighboring regions, with a permanent collection focused particularly on Tibetan art. It is located at 150 West 17th Street between the Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Avenue in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City.
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Yuyutsu Sharma’s upcoming readings

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Sunday April 10th 7:30pm

Yuyutsu Sharma’s Himalayan Recitals: Yuyu will read from his extensive writings, including his newest published work Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems. at The Yoga Exchange Address: 24 Exchange St, Holliston, MA 01746, Phone:(508) 429-9642 Hosted by Kimberly  Cozza Collins and Melanie Harrington.

 

Tuesday, April 12 at 2 pm – 3 pm

Yuyutsu Sharma at Griffen Free Public Library, 22 Hooksett Road, P O Box 308, Auburn, New Hampshire, (603) 483-5374

Wednesday, April 13 at 11pm

Yuyutsu Sharma reading with Dan Szczesny at Moving Mountains – Personal Stories of Perseverance, Juggernaut Fitness, LLC, 141 Old Turnpike Rd, Concord, New Hampshire 03301 Hosted by Jake St. Pierre

Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:00pm
Yuyutsu Sharma Reading at Columbia University Global Poets Series, poetry reading and audience talk‐back with Eliza Griswold at the Nicholas Roerich Museum, 319 West 107th Street, between Broadway and Riverside Drive, New York NY 10025 Hosted by David Austell : Admission Free

Sunday. May 1, 2016, 1;30-4.00pm

Yuyutsu Sharma Reading at Oceanside Library, Long Island, New York, 1:30pm -3:30pm Hosted by Peter Dugan

Tuesday May 3,  2016, 7 pm

Yuyutsu Sharma at the BookMark Shoppe, 8415 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn. NY 11209 Hosted by Anthony Vigorito

Tuesday May 31st, 5:45 – 7:45

Yuyutsu Sharma as Guest Poet at Ken Siegelman’s Brooklyn Poetry Outreach, at Brooklyn Public Library, Park Slope Branch, 431 6th Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11215 Hosted by Anthony Vigorito

Wednesday June 1st, 5:45 – 7:00

YUYUTSU SHARMA TO READ AT RUBIN MUSEUM: HONORING NEPAL IN POETRY AND FILM, HIMALAYAN HERITAGE MEETUP at The Rubin Museum of Art 150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011 Phones: 212.620.5000, 212.620.5000 x344 There is a 24-hour parking lot on the corner of 17th Street and 6th Avenue. There are also a number of parking garages and lots on 17th Street between Union Square and 7th Avenue. Learn more about discounted parking with Central Parking System.SUBWAY: A, C, E to 14th Street (at 8th Avenue), 1 to 18th Street (at 7th Avenue), 2, 3 to 14th Street (at 7th Avenue), F, L, M to 14th Street (at 6th Avenue), N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th Street-Union Square  http://rubinmuseum.org/

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 6:30

Yuyutsu Sharma at Port Jefferson Free Library, 631 473-0022 100 Thompson Street Port Jefferson, NY, 11777, 631-473-0022 Fax: 631-473-2903 info@portjefflibrary.org Hosted by Kat Lamberg

 

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Revised enlarged edition of David Austell’s Garuda & New Poems of Astral Planes released in Nirala Series

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Garuda & New Poems of Astral Planes

David B. Austell

ISBN 978-8182500785 2016   Hard  pp.76 Rs.495

From Garuda to Saluda (that is, from the Hindu man-bird deity to a tiny town in North Carolina), David Austell’s new collection explores recurring themes of masculine identities and human complexities with precision and grace. This poetic world is one of unerring attention to tight image and emotional nuance, with a sometimes terrifying undercurrent of recurrent meanings drawn from a wide range of cultural allusions, all shared by a guide whose capacious voice can contain both deep mysteries and no small dash of humor. Austell shows us the unforgettable feel of the club of young adolescent “He-men” on a quest for a secret stream; a southern woman looking back to the Dixieland of ambiguities of raced, gendered, and classed expectations; the dangerously aching erotics of the male gaze or the musical score. The final long poem “The Final Pitch on Olympus Mons” is an utter tour de force of baseball, poetics, science fiction, and a shiveringly unstable encounter with absolute Otherness. Not many volumes of poetry are real page-turners as well as perfect pitches: this one is.

-Dr. Meg Harper Glucksman Professor of Contemporary Writing in English University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland David B. Austell, Ph.D. is Associate Provost and Director of the International Students and Scholars Office at Columbia University in New York City. The Tin Man is David’s third published book of poetry.

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Praise for
Yuyutsu RD Sharma’s Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems

What can a poet do who has planted a foot in each of two worlds, when the earth gives way under one foot? Yuyutsu Sharma has taken up the tools of his craft and expertly begun the process of healing and rebuilding his homeland. In a series of touching outcries, observations, and laments, he bears witness to the ravages of the earthquake in Nepal. But more so, the poems he creates to restore his own balance, help us all understand the fragility of our human condition.
Dr. David B. Axelrod, Volusia County, Florida, Poet Laureate

There are several things immediately noticeable in Yuyu Sharma’s very powerful Quaking Cantos. The poetic form is fairly unusual (the poems are jagged and rapid fire), and even when you bind the short lines tightly in couplets, this does not relieve the feel of sharp edges. There is a great deal of fractured enjambment, for example The earth/opened up/ her jaws… (from “Nipple”) to the point that the poems themselves seem broken. This is highly successful and effective given the very difficult subject matter. Yuyu’s approach to the challenge of form in the Cantos is that of a master. The anger and grief expressed from poem to poem (and even within poems) pop up very quickly then subside like an aftershock. The reader is then often left with some indelible image: a crying lamb, a grandmother who has just died, a baby searching for the sustenance of a mother’s breast. The poetic form certainly enhances this, but it is the images, which are so electric. These are wonderful, troubling, and moving poems. It must have drained Yuyu to the core to write of such catastrophe.
Dr. David Austell, Columbia University, New York

“We cannot leave the reconstruction of the damage done by the earthquake to the conservators alone. Yuyutsu Sharma turns the devastation into vivid poetry to humanize the pain and revive the gracious dignified and loving spirit of the Nepali people in a moment of insurmountable grief, preserving the majestic and mystical ambiance of their ancient artifacts.”
Eckhart Nickel, German novelist & Journalist,

Wasted rubble and cracked-open hearts. Homes, people, and animals destroyed. These rare, raw, and beautiful poems plead with gods and earth in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes in Nepal. This must-read book creates an unbroken bridge to understanding the depths of this crisis.”
Kathryn Kysar, author of Pretend the World and Dark Lake, chair of creative writing, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Heartrending and poetic in convoking past and present souls to embrace the essence of spiritual virtue. Beautifully written, my tears fall for all…
Penny Kline, Poet, Actor, Founding Artistic Director of Ovation Stage, Sacramento, CA

Yuyutsu Sharma’s soulfully written earthquake dispatches emanate poetically from the deepest core of the earth’s movement, in the shape and spirituality of the “cantos” of place, where at one time or another we all find ourselves: mirrored in lake and mountain reflections of space and history—pondering on life and loss, hearts “quaking” in the memories of grounded images, but seeking the path for transcendence. We find this transcendent hope in Yuyutsu’s poetic chronicles–beauteous images in words depicting the passage of time, culture, landscape, and spirit.
Kathleen D. Gallagher Poet, Senior Lecturer of English at the University of Akron/Wayne College, author, I See Things are Falling, Editor, Eternal Snow: An Anthology of Poems

In their panoramic sweep, headlong rushing catalogues, visionary moments, their courage and compassion, numinous imagery, and beautiful music, Yuyutsu Sharma’ Quaking Cantos are worthy of comparison to “The Sleepers” of Whitman.
These poems will shake the attentive reader like the quakes they witness. In the dramatic immediacy of their confrontation with the cosmos and powers beyond comprehension or control—powers that seem to have gone utterly mad–they recreate the terror and terrible beauty of what Rudolf Otto has called “The Holy.
As one small example of the flood Sharma provides, consider the conclusion of “A Burning Sun”: in which for a moment a woman has left her baby kicking alone, outside playfully at the eye of heaven:
And it hit again,
the second time, right there,
burying her shoulder
deep under a pile
of mud and damp bricks,
leaving her son
bare and howling
in the bleeding eye
of the growling sun.
Michael Graves, author of Outside St. Jude’s Adam and Cain, Illegal Border Crosser and In Fragility

Reading Yuyutsu´s poetry is to be there with him, at the edge of the abyss, and with tears stained eyes, sing to a new dawn.
Gorka Lasa Poet, essayist, visual artist and editor. Panama

Quaking Cantos is a tribute to the resilience and tenacity of the mountain folk. The poet, who himself is a victim of the life threatening tremor, has captured the shattering experiences of nature’s wrath. He, who claimed that “I usually do not cry’, also cried when he found the thriving capital city turned into debris…
Reading Quaking Cantos is like reaching to an unknown island where people are left at the mercy of Nature’s wrath, where life and its charms hold no significance. What matters is the big ‘sunya’, and a reminder that there is nothing left on the “shelves of the grocery stores” and things have been “cleared out like meat on his bones
Dr. Hemanta K Jha, Professor English Literature, Amity University, India

 

Nirala to release Yuyutsu Sharma’s book on Nepal Earthquakes, “Quaking Cantos” in March

Quaking Cantos
Nepal Earthquake Poems
BY Yuyutsu Sharma
Photographs by Prasant Shrestha
ISBN 9-788182-500815 Paper pp. 84 2016

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Quaking Cantos is the creative response of a world-renowned Himalayan poet to the earthquakes that shook Nepal in 2015, killing thousands and leaving more than a million people homeless, vulnerable to the ravages of the harsh Himalayan environment. In the aftermath of the earthquakes, his North and Central American reading tours suspended, Yuyutsu returns to Nepal to bear witness to the devastation the “cosmic commotion” has caused in his own Himalayan home.

“These are wonderful, troubling, and moving poems,” discerns American poet and educationist, David B. Austell. “It must have drained Yuyu to the core to write of such catastrophe.” Yuyutsu sees his world shaking, lives dislodged, avalanches burying alpine villages, stupas cracking up, shrines shaking, “the Lord’s own body cracked into two lifeless boulders/ his mace, hid scepter, his lotus,/ his splintered quiver full of blunt arrows…” The poet also envisions the stench of the dead bodies and the corrupt polity emanating from the “reeking armpits of politicians” who find this an appropriate moment to make their personal fortunes. He celebrates the resilience and unassuming courage of civilians struggling to re-start normal lives, selling their meager merchandise in the rubble of old buildings without any morbid fear of the aftershocks. He also sees a child crawling on the chest of his dead mother looking for her nipple, and a quake survivor chained to a post in a cowshed in his own home. The poet sees the shrine of his family deity, Gorakathnath, also Nepal’s presiding deity after whom the Nepal nation was once named, cracking up like “a bud of a prophesy / or the fortune of an empire.”

To quote another American poet, David Axelrod, “Yuyutsu Sharma has taken up the tools of his craft and expertly begun the process of healing and rebuilding his homeland.” The poignant world of fright and faith seen in Yuyutsu’s poetry will not only leave the readers stunned, it will also ”help us all to understand the fragility of our human condition.”

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Recipient of fellowships and grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ireland Literature Exchange, Trubar Foundation, Slovenia, The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature and The Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature, Yuyutsu RD Sharma is a distinguished poet and translator.

He has published nine poetry collections including, Nine New York Poems: A Prelude to A Blizzard in my Bones, (2014), Milarepa’s Bones, 33 New Poems, (Nirala, New Delhi 2012), Nepal Trilogy, Photographs and Poetry on Annapurna, Everest, Helambu & Langtang (www.Nepal-Trilogy.de, Epsilonmedia, Karlsruhe, 2010), a 900-page book with renowned German photographer, Andreas Stimm, Space Cake, Amsterdam, & Other Poems from Europe and America, (2009, Indian reprint 2014) and Annapurna Poems, 2008, Reprint, 2012).
Yuyutsu also brought out a translation of Irish poet Cathal O’ Searcaigh poetry in Nepali in a bilingual collection entitled, Kathmandu: Poems, Selected and New (2006) and a translation of Hebrew poet Ronny Someck’s poetry in Nepali in a bilingual edition, Baghdad, February 1991 & Other Poems. He has translated and edited several anthologies of contemporary Nepali poetry in English and launched a literary movement, Kathya Kayakalpa (Content Metamorphosis) in Nepali poetry.

Two books of his poetry, Poemes de l’ Himalayas (L’Harmattan, Paris) and Poemas de Los Himalayas (Cosmopoeticia, Cordoba, Spain) just appeared in French and Spanish respectively.

Widely traveled author, he has read his works at several prestigious places including Poetry Café, London, Seamus Heaney Center for Poetry, Belfast, New York University, New York, The Kring, Amsterdam, P.E.N, Paris, Knox College, Illinois, Whittier College, California, Baruch College, New York, WB Yeats’ Center, Sligo, Gustav Stressemann Institute, Bonn, Rubin Museum, New York, Irish Writers’ Centre, Dublin, Columbia University, New York, The Guardian Newsroom, London, Trois Rivieres Poetry Festival, Quebec, Arnofini, Bristol, Borders, London, Slovenian Book Days, Ljubljana, Royal Society of Dramatic Arts, London, Gunter Grass House, Bremen, GTZ, Kathmandu, Nehru Center, London, March Hare, Newfoundland, Canada, Gannon University, Erie, Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt, Indian International Center, New Delhi, and Villa Serbelloni, Italy.

He has held workshop in creative writing and translation at Queen’s University, Belfast, University of Ottawa and South Asian Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany, University of California, Davis, Sacramento State University, California and New York University, New York.

His works have appeared in Poetry Review, Chanrdrabhaga, Sodobnost, Amsterdam Weekly, Indian Literature, Irish Pages, Delo, Modern Poetry in Translation, Exiled Ink, Iton77, Little Magazine, The Telegraph, Indian Express and Asiaweek.

The Library of Congress has nominated his book of Nepali translations entitled Roaring Recitals; Five Nepali Poets as Best Book of the Year 2001 from Asia under the Program, A World of Books International Perspectives.

Yuyutsu’s own work has been translated into German, French, Italian, Slovenian, Hebrew, Spanish and Dutch. He just published his nonfiction, Annapurnas & Stains of Blood: Life, Travel and Writing a Page of Snow, (Nirala, 2010). He edits Pratik, A Magazine of Contemporary Writing and contributes literary columns to Nepal’s leading daily, The Himalayan Times.

He was at the Poetry Parnassus Festival organized to celebrate London Olympics 2012 where he represented Nepal and India. Yuyutsu will be a Visiting Poet at Columbia University, New York in the spring of 2016.

Half the year, he travels and reads all over the world to read from his works and conducts creative writing workshop at various universities in North America and Europe but goes trekking in the Himalayas when back home.

New Nirala Release: Inside the Shell of the Tortoise by Distinguished Spanish poet, Veronica Aranda

Inside the Shell of the Tortoise
Poems written in India and Nepal
A Spanish English Edition
Veronica Aranda
Translated by Claudia Routon
with Yuyutsu Sharma
ISBN 9-788182-500747 (Hard) ISBN 9-788182-500754  (Paper) 2016 pp.68

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Inside the Shell of the Tortoise by Verónica Aranda is an anthology of previously published poems interspersed with new work. The collection celebrates the glory of awakening and the temptation of nostalgia—its critique too, incisive and punishing—all the while grappling with the fierce gravity of realism. The grace and delicacy of these poems are rooted in the solidity of place, mostly the soil of India, always allowing for the ephemeral transience of journey. A simply beautiful book.
–Claudia Routon, University of North Dakota

With Verónica we embark on fresh adventures, travel to the East, and unpack suitcases—postcards in fragments. In the process, we discover what we might have longed for and loved; because, in the end, Verónica’s account of her travels seems so close and intimate that her voice, stunning and compelling, turns vital.
–Elena Medel, Calle20

Vision is fragmentary and temporary; what we see and what we photograph are so easily forgotten. But what we sense and experience remain with no need for visual support; and in this case, the written word, the poem, remains. Verónica has captured it.

AgustínCalvoGalán, Revista de letras

The verbal subject that is Verónica Aranda keeps a suitcase ready under her bed. Such is the recurring motif of evocative and commemorative itineraries. Experience returns as a transmuted sequence, securing the link between self and landscape. Time and energy flux between words; fragmented emotions, faces, and distances are expanded in lines.
José Luis Morante, Puentes de papel


With Aranda, we discover the pleasure of solitude and contemplation.

Ariadna G. García, Culturamas

VeronicaAranda

Verónica Aranda (Madrid, 1982) is a multi-lingual award-winning Spanish poet and translator with an international presence. Not only has her own work appeared in several languages, she has also translated contemporary poetry from Portugal, Brazil, France and Nepal into Spanish. Her professional efforts extend from creative and critical journal contributions and collaboration to participation in international literary events around the world. She has degrees from the University Complutense of Madrid and the Jawaharlal Nehru University of New Delhi. She has lived in Italy, Belgium, Portugal, India and Morocco.

Her Poetry Collections include Poeta en India (Melibea, 2005), Tatuaje (Hiperión, 2005),Alfama (Centro de poesía José Hierro, 2009), Postal de olvido (El Gaviero, 2010), Cortes de luz (Rialp, 2010), Senda de sauces (Amargord, 2011), Café Hafa (Tres Fronteras, 2012), Lluvias Continuas. Ciento un haikus (Polibea, 2014), La mirada de Ulises (Corazón de mango, Colombia, 2015).

Aranda has been awarded many notable poetry prizes including Joaquín Benito de Lucas, Antonio Carvajal de Poesía Joven, José Agustín Goytisolo, Arte Joven de la Comunidad de Madrid, Margarita Hierro, Fernando Quiñones, Antonio Oliver Belmás, El Buscón, and the Adonáis accésit.

She lives in Madrid, Spain.

Claudia Routon translates contemporary poetry and fiction from Spain. Her work appears in numerous literary journals, including a book of poetry and music, La cité des dames(Capellas de Ministrers). She teaches Spanish literature and language at the University of North Dakota.

Yuyutsu Sharma to feature at Night for Nepal

Night for Nepal
Event
Night for Nepal
A night of poetry, music, comedy, and a silent auction to support the victims of the Nepalese earthquake. Featuring Nepalese poet Yuyutsu Sharma, renowned pianist Dan Tepfer, Saturday Night Live writer and comedian Nicolas Rutherford, and cellist Keiran Campbell. Hosted by Jin Soon Choi, Melissa Jackson, and Nikhil Melnechuk.

Tickets starting at $50: http://nightfornepal.brownpapertickets.com/
100% of all ticket sales and donations go directly to Shikshya Foundation Nepal via CrowdRise (https://www.crowdrise.com/nepalearthquakefund/fundraiser/jinsoonchoi)

Presented by JINsoon, Marilyn Violet Foundation, and Bowery Arts+Science. Silent Auction items generously provided by Marc Jacobs Intl, NARS Cosmetics, Ted Gibson, Rhemedy By Rhed Therapeutic Massage, JINsoon, Lolita Lempicka, La Flaca, Pager, Bowery Poetry Club, The Brave Collection, Rita Hazan Salon, David’s Teas, David Scoroposki, Duane Park, SEA-NY, and more!

Special Thanks to Eva Chen for her help in planning the event.