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Author Mohabir, Rajiv, author.

Title Cutlish / Rajiv Mohabir.

Publication Info. New York : Four Way Books, [2021]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  811.6 M725c 2021    ---  Axe Inventory 2024
1 copy being processed for Axe Acquisitions Order.
Description 98 pages ; 23 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Contents The po-co kid -- Indo-queer I -- Dove (or tell me the number of your plane) -- Sapera, the snake charmer -- Falling from a plane - - Lordha and Sil -- Curry powder -- Hassa -- Angreji ke sarap -- Coolie -- Hiranyagarbha -- Kalapani -- Snowfall in the tropics -- Offering -- South Asian art exhibit, Metropolitan Museum of Art -- Guyana -- Inagural poem with silence -- Massacre ballad -- Indo-queer II -- Fire Rass -- Shame in Mathura -- Siren -- Outcry -- Nemmakharam -- Indo-queer III -- Sudama -- Lyre -- OK, cupid -- Indo-queer IV -- Coolie oddity -- Dantaal, an instrument -- Bollywood confabulation -- Guide -- Folksong -- Kabira -- Directions to the holy place -- Indo-Queer V -- May 5, 1838 -- We come in planes.
Summary "Rajiv Mohabir's Cutlish uses history to interrogate the word "home" and all that it might mean to those who thrive in spite of homophobia, stereotype, and xenophobia. These poems are grounded in definite time and space in a voice that refuses to be silenced, "They are vexed you survive; that you/rise up from the pavement..." But what I love most is read a poet as disciplined and committed as Mohabir as he transforms and reinvents himself in tone, in subject, and in line: "Let's get one thing queer-I'm no Sabu-like sidekick,/I'm the main drag. Ram Ram in a sari; salaam//on the street. I don't speak Hindu, Paki, or Indian,/can't control minds, have no psychic powers." Jericho Brown Cutlish, Rajiv Mohabir's stunning new collection, asks urgent questions about queer identities, diaspora and silence. Deeply grounded in 1838, the year the first ships brought indentured servants from India to Guyana, Cutlish reckons with the relationship between language and violence. These poems challenge the colonizer's English through Creole, Sanskrit, Hindi, Hindustani and Chutney songs, dazzling us at every turn: "May each face who ever said, Speak English / find their own tongue fettered and split, / my mixed blood blackening their faces." The book's title evokes the violence of a cutlass, and everywhere here we see language as knife and blade but also as solace. Cutlish is a luminous, beautiful book. Rajiv Mohabir is one of the most important poets writing today. --Nicole Cooley"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Subject American poetry -- 21st century.
Genre/Form Poetry.
Poetry. (OCoLC)fst01423828
ISBN 9781945588884 (paperback)
1945588888 (paperback)
Standard No. 40030780395

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