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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About the Author

The author is a global citizen formed in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, to parents from Southern Karnataka, in India. He has currently traveled to over 135 countries, lived in 18 different places, and speaks 12 languages. He is primarily known as the author of We of the Forsaken World… (Iguana Books, 2020), but he has authored books in four foreign languages, and has had his writing published in The Kenyon Review, The Brooklyn Rail, The Colorado Review, Eclectica, 3:AM Magazine, The Radical Art Review, The Chakkar, Mascara Literary Review, and several other journals. His list of homes is vast, but his heart and spirit always remains in Mumbai, somehow. He is currently bumming around Mexico.


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