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Poppies in Translation, Paperback / softback Book

Poppies in Translation Paperback / softback


Indonesia, South Africa, Estonia, Lithuania, Shetland, Nicaragua: many worlds meet in these poems as nature dyes Sujata Bhatt's many languages with its own hues.

The real merges with the surreal, certainties are undone in an open-ended quest.

A Chinese cook ignores a predatory snake, a heart surgeon lives most intensely between operations, Gregor Samsa's sister proposes a different sort of metamorphosis, someone listens to the Holy Ghost sing, a woman hears her daughter's voice in birdsong - and the 'poppies in translation' mutate according to the languages and histories they inhabit, ultimately persisting in a space beyond language.

At times, language itself is injured by history: Bhatt reimagines the 'haunted undertow' of post-war German as experienced by Paul Celan and Ingeborg Bachmann.

Meanwhile, the poppies are ever-present, 'with their black souls in the wind'.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
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  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9781847770202

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