Speaking in Tongues: Poems in Spanish, Chinese and Turkish
Author: Kiran Bhat
9789392494109 | PB | pp. 214 | 2022 | Red River
Speaking in Tongues by Kiran Bhat contains poems in Spanish, Chinese and Turkish and tiny titbits of wisdom and musings on the world.
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Speaking in Tongues is an attempt to unify three disparate poetry suites, written originally in Spanish, Mandarin, and Turkish, and then self-translated into English. The Spanish language poems — Autobiografia — rewrites twenty years of the poet’s life into fragments on race, queerness, identity, and growing up between cultures. The Mandarin poems — 客然脑说 — fuses the Confucian dialectic structure with Bhakti, as the poet responds to the existential questions posed to him. The Turkish language suite — Seyahatname — appropriates Evliya Çelebi’s infamous travelogue into a reimagination of the national narratives of the eighteen countries the poet considers home.
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