This is a major anthology from one of South Asia’s most prominent poet’s who has made Annapurna region his home for last two decades.
Yuyutsu’s devotion for the mountains and the people living there is unparalleled. Though his work was interrupted with the rise of insurgency and the consequent political turmoil in the Himalayan nation, the poet continued to long for the hidden valleys and mule paths where, as the scriptures say, the soul of the Gods lives.
Even in his dreams he conjures the treks to the remote Himalayan regions, searching for life on the bleeding mule paths of human struggle, listening to the chorus of cicadas and dramas of hunger and strife in the hushed grounds of Little Paradise Lodge, chartering history of human attempts to invade the realm of eternal snow with moving cameras, frozen spaghetti and plastic bags.
Like exquisite fields of Himalayan flowers, these are poems of high artistic integrity about harsh truths of mystery, history and humanity.
Sensual, sharp and stunning, these concrete images will leave the readers breathless. A huge achievement, bringing alive the unsung agony of the people of the high Himalayas.
On the great Tibetan
salt route they meet me again
old forsaken friends …
On their faces
fatigue of a drunken sleep
their lives worn out,
their legs twisted, shaking
illustrious flags of bleeding ascents.
Age long bells clinging
to them like festering wounds
of a slavery modernism brings:
cartons of Iceberg, mineral water bottles,
solar heaters, Chinese tiles, tin cans, carom boards
sacks of rice
and iodized salt from the plains of Nepal Terai.
the terraced fields know their names.
Singing brooks tempests
of their breathless climbs.
and time-tested, they climb
dreams of posh peacocks
of a secret religious war
of an ecologist’s sterile semen
for a cocktail party at the base camp
agenda of guilty donors
the West’s weird visions
lusting for an instant purge.
of the mountains embossed
on their drugged brains,
like lines of aborted love
on the historic rocks of waterspouts.
of the dozing valleys know
of their secret sweat.
along the crystal rivers
of their bleeding eyes.
of the struggling lives lost,
like real mules
clattering their hooves on the flagstones,
the cruel grandeur
of blood thirsty
mule paths around the glaciers of Annapurnas.