In the News: ‘Eternal Snow’, an anthology reflecting Nepal and the Himalayas published

‘A 320-page poetry anthology, entitled, Eternal Snow, dedicated to the internationally renowned poet Yuyutsu Sharma has just been published. Subtitled as ‘A Worldwide Anthology of One Hundred Twenty-Five Poetic Intersections with Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma’ the book explores the interactions, collisions, and intersections of over 125 poets from four Continents with the Himalayan poet.

Edited by distinguished American litterateurs, David Austell of Columbia University, New York, and Kathleen D Gallagher, of University of Akron, Ohio, the mammoth anthology is “a testament to the power of words to inspire, encourage, and heal across vastly disparate cultures and distant places.”

Yuyutsu Sharma is a Himalayan poet whose works have gained a global recognition. This anthology, in particular, is a homage by poets who’ve interacted with Sharma during his legendary world tours. The poems reflect praise, appreciation, and gratitude to the mountain poet, Yuyutsu Sharma.

Not only poets, the book contains poems written after meeting or listening to Sharma’s Himalayan recitals by people from various walks of life including teachers, scientists, social workers, photographers, priests and Yoga teachers.

“When you first meet Himalayan poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma,” says, James Ragan, Professor Emeritus of English from the University of Southern California, “you are taken immediately by his quiet passion and reverence for the art and purpose of poetry, which, when taking the stage, he transforms into a voice that crosses continents and soars like the snow in wind that permeates “the solemn silence of sacred sounds” in his beloved Nepal. Through his intercession, poems become chants of eternality.”

Ragan adds, “He has sought the same in the poets represented in his anthology “Eternal Snow,” a hundred voices who, like him, give reverence to the power of words in translating truth through passion into a universal poetic of sacred sounds.”

In the Preface to the Anthology, Professor David Austell, opines, “Yuyu has touched the hearts and minds of a multitude of people and writers around the world, as evidenced in this wonderful book… It is my delight and honor to be among such a cloud of witnesses.”

“No matter where the poets live, from a small city to large, to countryside or village,” points out Kathleen Gallagher, editor of the Anthology, “Yuyutsu’s poetry and teachings transform writers from across the world, allowing them to reach into their own writing dreams and visions.

“Indeed, each poet no matter his or her walk in life, whether professional poet, performer, professor, minister, or word-loving hairstylist who scribbles down thoughts about her love for her dying mother,” Gallagher discerns, ”all have discovered his or her own creative awakenings when encountering Yuyutsu Sharma’s work. Yuyutsu’s work has far-reaching effects in personal transformation.”

In addition to scores of literary luminaries like David Ray, James Ragan, Ravi Shankar, Eileen O’Connor, Gorka Lasa, Pascale Petit, Elena Karina Byrne, Chuck Joy, Amarendra Khatua, Ruth Danon, Tim Tomlinson, Verónica Aranda, John Clarke, David Axelrod, Tony Barnstone, Art Good Times, Robin Metz, Barbara Novack, Hélène Cardona, Irene O’ Garden, Carolyn Wells, Diane Frank, Bill Wolak, ‘Eternal Snow’ is also special as it contains nearly a dozen Nepali poets including Bishwa Sigdel, Arun Budhathoki, Revegya Joshi, Shreejana Bhandari, Barun Bajracharya and Civa Bhusal.

At a local poetry gathering in Kathmandu when Nepali poet Arun Budhathoki last met Yuyutsu, he said, “With the publication of this book, I can finally pause and take a deep breath.” He added, “It’s humbling to know I have been able to speak to the world’s most sanguine voices during my decade long ramblings across the far flung continents. Not all poets have the fortune to get touched so meaningfully in their life time as I have. Now I finally can rest in peace.”

The book will be launched in New York at Yoga Sole, Brooklyn on Oct 21, 7:30 pm.

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Nirala’s most ambitious book, Eternal Snow, is finally out, available on Amazon

Eternal Snow is finally out, available on Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/dp/8182500885

Eternal Snow: A Worldwide Anthology of  One Hundred Twenty Five Poetic Intersections with Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma

 Edited by David Austell & Kathleen D Gallagher

ISBN : 81-8250-088-5 2017 Paperback pp 309 plus  24 Photo pages

Eternal Snow is a testament to the power of words to inspire, encourage, and heal across vastly disparate cultures and distant places. Over one hundred and twenty-five poets from around the world come together in this anthology to explore their interactions, collisions, and intersections with Yuyutsu Sharma, renowned Himalayan poet, journalist, translator, and editor from Kathmandu, Nepal.The book is a clear example of the new world itinerancy of the modern poet, and the global efficacy of poetry, in that Yuyu’s world travels have touched the hearts and minds of thousands of people who have heard his readings around the world and read his words in print and on-line. Not all the contributors are professional poets. Eternal Snow also captures the poetic voices of a hairstylist, a photographer, a Yoga teacher, a priest, a nurse, and a social scientist. In these pages, a young poet in Kathmandu sees her late father in Yuyu’s face; a social worker conjures the Goddess of the Children while serving the Bhutanese refugees in California; a New York University professor ponders an Asian challenge: setting her house on fire to become a real poet. The results captured in these poems attest to the literary collisions which occur when global poets meet. Eternal Snow is a singular, remarkable, and moving work of art. Includes poetry by John Clarke David Ray James Ragan Ravi Shankar Eileen O’Connor Gorka Lasa Pascale Petit Elena Karina Byrne Chuck Joy Andrew Taylor Amarendra Khatua Ruth Danon Tim Tomlinson Verónica Aranda David Axelrod Tony Barnstone Art Good Times Robin Mets Barbara Novack Hélène Cardona Irene O’ Garden Carolyn Wells Diane Frank Bill Wolak and Others

CONTENTS

PREFACE/5
INTRODUCTION/9

POETRY

All the Way from Kathmandu
John Clarke / 23

It is so dark so I made me a torch
Tracie Morell / 25

Old Ways
Lori Ann Kusterbeck / 26

Oppositely Charged Ions
Ravi Shankar / 28

Annapurna’s Mercy
Eileen O’Connor / 30

Solar tear
Gorka Lasa / 31

Machapuchere (Fishtail Mountain)
Pascale Petit / 33

The Mountain man and Cold Fish
Chuck Joy / 35

Getting High
Lorraine Conlin / 36

Yuyutsu
Paul Nash &
Denise La Neve / 37

hello yuyutsu
Andrew Taylor / 38

for yuyutsu
Amarendra Khatua / 39

Ancestral Home
Meera Ekkanath Klein / 40

Three Poems
Sometime
Whose Lodge Is This in the Holy Sky?
Who We are
Eskimo Pie / 42

His Dark Eyes
Christi Shannon Kline / 45

From a Lotus Petal
Revigya Joshi / 48

Two Poems
Snow
After Tagore
David Ray / 50

Two Poems
Lake Erie: Daughter of Sorrows
Failure to Bloom
Kathleen D Gallagher/52

Two Poems
The Judgment of Innocents
Three Kathmandu Poems
David B. Austell/56

Parnassus to New York
Maria Heath Beckett / 63

Moving Everest
James Ragan / 70

Stateside
Renay Sanders / 72

Himalayas
Shawn Aveningo / 74

El Cartero Del Rey
The King’s Postman
Juan Carlos Abril / 76

Yak Brothers
Tim Kahl / 79

Ode to a Himalayan Poet
Dom Kafley / 81

Travel in Solo Class
Judy Ray / 83

Below the Tatra Mountains
Tera Vale Regan / 84

Four Poems
Canon for Bears and Ponderosa Pines
Letter To Scott From The Waterfall
Letter From A Secret Mountain Place
Last Night In The Himalayas
Diane Frank / 86

Of Yuyu
Lady K (Kathy Smith) / 92

In the Silence of the Snow
Karen Corinne Herceg / 93

Two Poems
Ushas
Namaste
Kate Lamberg / 94

O Holy Bagmati River
Penny Kline / 97

Burning on the Pyre
Sharon Metzler-Dow / 99

Tibetan Still Life, Pokhara, Nepal
M. L. Williams / 102

Two Poems
The Durbar of Nepal
Pinnacles
Robert Scotto / 104

Exile
Nicole Barriere / 107

Four Poems
To Yuyu
On the E train
After Yuyu
At Gray’s Papaya on Broadway
Anne Fritz / 108

Intersections
Irene O’Garden / 112

Vocation
Ruth Danon / 113

Three Poems
The Forehead of the sky
To slap my Face
A Dawn of Democracy
Mary E. Weems / 115

The little Lamp of Mine
Roopa Ramamoorthi / 117

The Summoner
Dan Szczesny  / 119

Seven Stanzas for Yuyutsu Sharma
Nancy Aidé Gonzalez / 121

The Circle
Nancy R Lange / 123

Four Poems
Easter Monday
Climb
Sleepers
Imperfect Human
Michael Graves / 126

Pilgrimage to Changu Narayan
Eugene Hyon / 130

Meeting Sharma
Marcus Bales / 132

Poems
Peter V. Dugan / 133

Beasts are awakening…
Aixia de Villanova / 134

Hey you there, in a Katmandu bookshop
Leah Taylor / 137

Man from the mountains
Cristina Querrer / 139

Two Poems
New Have you been to Tibet?
Incense
Bari Falese / 141

Two Poems
Vertigo
Travelmarvel
Agnes Marton / 144

Two Poems
Living in Silence
Outdoor Yoga Meditation Haiku
Patricia Carragon / 147

Long After
Dd. Spungin / 149

Ayer anochecía en Katmandú
Yesterday Dusk Was Falling in Kathmandu
Verónica Aranda / 151

This is Yuyutsu
Samantha Bear / 155

Great Divides
Darlene Costello / 158

Three Poems
City Gardener
Veiled
Yahrzeit
Mindy Kronenberg / 159

Yuyutsu in America
David Axelrod / 162

Two Poems
Beast in the Apartment
The Parable of the Burning
House
Tony Barnstone / 163

Dhaulagiri
Russ Green / 168

After Yuyu
Alessandra Francesca / 170

The Quataquatatankua
Nabina Das / 171

Sharma Charms
Ronnie Norpel / 176

Two Poems
This Time in Kathmandu
Bishnu’s (pie & chi)
Eddie Woods / 177

Two Poems
It Will Not Be Apparent from the Crazy Circus

From the Crazy Circus
Kim Nuzzo / 180

My Looks
Cliff Fyman / 182

One Rupee
Barun Bajracharya / 185

The Birth of Sagarmatha
Charles Peter Watson / 186

Want
Christopher Wheeling / 188

Voor Yuyutsu,
For Yuyutsu,
Merik van der Torren / 189

After Li Po
Art Good Times / 191

All That Falls
Robin Mets / 194

Landscape with Snow
Erica Mapp / 195

Yuyutsu Ram Dass Sharma
Bill Wolak / 197

Someday you will understand
Roxanne Hoffman / 200

Two Poems
Wishes
Your Smile
Civa Bhusal / 202

I’ll simply proceed
D. B. Meltzer / 204

Untitled Gypsy Poem
Cee Williams / 205

If you die one day
Bidur Prasad Chaulagain / 207

Namaste
Vicki Iorio / 208

What Matters
Barbara Novack / 210

Sherpa Wisdom
Mary Ryan Garcia / 211
Blue Panther Grey
Theresa Göttl Brightman / 214

A Steady Trundle of Footfalls
Steve Brightman / 216

The Dirt the Dirt
Jack Tar / 218

Upon Meeting Maya
Kymberly Avinasha Brown / 220

Namaste
Catherine Gigante-Brown / 221

Meeting Yuyutsu Sharma
Marion Palm / 223

Three Poems
My Mother Ceridwen
Peregrine Pantoum
Parallel Keys
Hélène Cardona / 225

Pre-Acid
André Baum / 229

I’m an “Open Mic Gypsy”
Phillip Giambri / 231

Kirat
Devin Wayne Davis / 235

Spice
Alex Symington / 237
A Poet of Higher Realms
Rajesh Siddharth / 238

Trust
Trust, Regained
Marisa Moks-Unger/ 240
Nepal
Lorraine Bouchard / 242

Your Tongue Discovers My Body
Shreejana Bhandari / 244

Song Of Livin For This
Don Carroll / 245

I gave Yuyu a Hug
Anthony Murphy / 247

Two Poems
Prayer By a Stream
This, To the Bear
Timothy Gager / 249

Pedi-Jealousy in the Court
John J. Trause / 251

The Snow In Nepal
Jack Locke / 253

On Everest
Anuj Ghimire / 254

The Friendship Key
Elaine Karas-Shadle / 255

Two Poems
Imagine a red circle here…
The Invisible Spirit Of Why
Elena Karina Byrne / 256

Two Poems
Forehead of the Sky
Gates of the Valley
Allegra Jostad Silberstein/ 259

Be the Sun that doesn’t burn
Gaurav Bhattarai / 261
Two Poems
Spiral Flight
Little Dish
Su Polo / 263

The Evening Lingers
Roger McClain / 265

The Belle on 8th
Ken Ruan / 266

Yuyutsu Sharma at Akron Night Murmurs
Jen Pezzo / 268

Cold Skin
Marcus Calvert / 269

Untitled
Thomas Jenney / 270

Our mother died on a Sunday
Judi Chabola / 271

Ebb Tide at Helambu
Bishwa Sigdel / 272

Prayer to Annapurna Devi Maa
Carolyn Wells/ 274

Four Poems
The Itinerary Poet
Meeting the Poet
If you wanna be Mad
My Guru
Arun Budhathoki / 275

Two Poems
How a Living Bird Became a Jewel
Our Lady Duse
Carol Hebald / 279

Two Poems
To the Goddess of the Children
Magnolia Home
Melissa Hobbs / 282

Morning, Buddha’s 2600th birthday
Jan Garden Castro/ 284

Four Poems
Fetuses, I & II
Looking For Mikey
Rush Hour Sonnet
I Go Down
Tim Tomlinson /285

One Early Morning
James Romano / 289

The Goddess in the Sky
Stood behind Him
Ernie Burns / 291

ETA
Swati Sharma / 293

The Editors of
Eternal Snow/ 297

The Poets of
the Eternal Snow/ 299