Kitab Khana invite you for the Poetry Corner on 19th March, 2014 at 6:00 pm at Kitab Khana

19-Mar-2014
6:00 pm
KitabKhana

Dear Poetry Lovers, Poetry Corner is two years old this month and we are delighted to announce that we have Ranjit Hoskote reading for us this session. Even as this mail was being drafted came the wonderful news that he has been awarded the Sahitya Akademi Translation Award for English for his book I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded (Penguin Classics, 2011). A celebration is definitely called for and we would like to invite all of you to a little tea party at the magnificent new Centre for Lifelong Learning that has been set up on the 2nd Floor of Somaiya Bhavan (which houses Kitabkhana). The poetry reading will be held in our cosy little corner in the bookstore, as usual. Please note the details: Poetry Corner: Wednesday, 19th March 2014 Tea: at 5.30 pm at the Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning, 2nd Flr, Somaiya Bhavan Poetry Reading: 6.00 pm at Kitabkhana Here is note on what Ranjit Hoskote will treat us to: In ‘Learning to Think’, one of the programmes that the poet and editor Ted Hughes conceived for the BBC Schools Broadcasting Department in the 1960s, he defined the poet’s activity in the following terms: “There is the inner life, which is the world of final reality, the world of memory, emotion, imagination, intelligence, and natural common sense, and which goes on all the time, consciously or unconsciously, like the heart beat. There is also the thinking process by which we break into that inner life and capture answers and evidence to support the answers out of it. That process of raid, or persuasion, or ambush, or dogged hunting, or surrender, is the kind of thinking we have to learn and if we do not somehow learn it, then our minds lie in us like the fish in the pond of a man who cannot fish.” As a poet, cultural theorist and curator, Ranjit Hoskote pursues a hybrid practice, one that is marked by the experiences of ‘raid’, ‘ambush’, ‘hunting’ and ‘surrender’ that Hughes identifies. Hoskote’s practice draws on combinations of affect and intellect, intuition and research, sensation and discourse, articulation and stillness. Meditating on such a productive yet vexatious predicament, he writes in one of his poems, ‘Stonecutter’: “He’d tracked tigers through the foothills, carved an alphabet in rock, man-spoor that wanted for voices to sing it. Alone, in his eightieth year, he chipped a last petal from the rose of silence” Hoskote will discuss the pleasures and the anxieties of the poet’s work, and will read from his own collections of poetry, Zones of Assault (1991), The Cartographer’s Apprentice (2000), The Sleepwalker’s Archive (2001), Vanishing Acts (2006), and the forthcoming Central Time (2014). Biographical Note Ranjit Hoskote is a poet, cultural theorist and curator. He is the author of more than 25 books, including the collections of poetry, Zones of Assault (Rupa & Co., 1991), The Cartographer’s Apprentice (Pundole Art Gallery, 2000), The Sleepwalker’s Archive (Single File, 2001), Vanishing Acts: New & Selected Poems 1985-2005 (Penguin, 2006), Die Ankunft der Vögel (Carl Hanser Verlag, 2006), and Central Time (Penguin, 2014). His translation of the 14th-century Kashmiri mystic Lal Ded has been published as I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded (Penguin Classics, 2011). He is the editor of Dom Moraes: Selected Poems (Penguin Modern Classics, 2012), the first annotated critical edition of a major Anglophone Indian poet’s work. Hoskote’s poems have been published in many anthologies, including Short Fuse (Todd Swift and Philip Norton eds., Rattapallax, 2002) The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets (Jeet Thayil ed., Bloodaxe, 2008), Language for a New Century (Tina Chang, Nathalie Handal and Ravi Shankar eds., W. W. Norton, 2008), The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry (Sudeep Sen ed., HarperCollins, 2012), These My Words: The Penguin Book of Indian Poetry (Eunice de Souza and Melanie Silgardo eds., Penguin, 2012), and Another Country: An Anthology of Post-Independence Indian Poetry in English (Arundhathi Subramaniam ed., Sahitya Akademi, 2013). Hoskote’s poems have appeared in numerous journals, among them: Akzente, Boulevard Magenta, fieralingue.com, Fulcrum, The Green Integer Review, The Iowa Review, nthposition.com, Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, Prairie Schooner, Wasafiri, and Wespennest. With Ilija Trojanow, Hoskote has co-authored Kampfabsage (Blessing Verlag, 2007), translated into English as Confluences: Forgotten Histories from East and West (Yoda Press, 2012). With Nancy Adajania, Hoskote has co-authored The Dialogues Series (Popular, 2011), an unfolding sequence of conversations with contemporary artists. Hoskote has curated more than 25 exhibitions of modern and contemporary art since 1994, including the 7th Gwangju Biennale (Korea, 2008), as well as a lifetime retrospective of Jehangir Sabavala for the National Gallery of Modern Art, Bombay and New Delhi (2005-2006) and two survey exhibitions of the work of Atul Dodiya, ‘Labyrinth/ Laboratory’ (Japan Foundation Asia Center, Tokyo, 2001) and ‘Experiments with Truth: Atul Dodiya, Works 1981-2013’ (National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, 2013). With Nancy Adajania, he has curated ‘No Parsi is an Island: A Curatorial Re-reading across 150 Years’, a historic exhibition of paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, books and films by artists of Parsi origin active from the 1880s to the present (National Gallery of Modern Art, Bombay, 2013-2014). Hoskote curated India’s first-ever national pavilion at the Venice Biennale, under the title ‘Everyone Agrees: It’s About to Explode’ (2011). Hoskote was a Fellow of the International Writing Program, University of Iowa, and has been writer-in-residence at Villa Waldberta, Munich; Theater der Welt, Essen-Mülheim; and the Polish Institute, Berlin. He has received the Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Award for Literature, the Sanskriti Award for Literature, and the S H Raza Award for Literature. Hoskote has been an associate fellow at Sarai, an initiative of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi, and a research scholar in residence at BAK/ basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht. Thanks

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