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.
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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.”