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The Stinking Rose

Sujata Bhatt

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ISBN: 978 1 857540 48 2
Categories: Black and Asian, Indian
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: February 1995
216 x 135 mm
144 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • But the soul will be the colour of turmeric
        spilt on white atone.

    And the creature who lives in the soul
    will count with her thumb
    on the joints of her fingers.

    Time will be slow
    and Time will be concrete
    and Time will be stuck
    like a wet crow peering down
    from a tree, broken and black
    from 'An India of the Soul'

    The Stinking Rose is one of the names for a plant that arouses strong feelings: garlic. No one is neutral about it. Sujata Bhatt explores the various mythologies and the magical and practical aspects of garlic in a sequence of twenty-five parts, is also haunted by places, especially Vancouver Island (where the author lived and worked for six months), and by her native India. Europe is also present, a place of sometimes reluctant abode. There is a dialogue between new worlds and old, intensifying towards the end of the volume in a series of experimental poems, building on the experience of those celebrated earlier `bilingual' poems which bring Gujarati and English together.
    Sujata Bhatt was born in Ahmedabad, India. She grew up in Pune (India) and in the United States. She received her MFA from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. To date, she has published six collections of poetry with Carcanet Press. She received the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Asia) and ... read more
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