At the Machine Research workshop, we played with text filters developed by Constant as a way to explore machinic actions on various texts. I reduced my blog post to 1000 words and introduced some new content (thanks to discussions at the workshop): seven scenarios with which to think about the production of ethics in driverless […]
Poem #3 in my selection for Berlin liest, this one representing Tibet. Verdict by Tenzin Dickyi Ladies and gentlemen, These trace fossils belong to our dearly departed Tyrannosaurus Rex. I say this with surety because his foot prints lead to his open coffin. These Oviraptors, maligned raiders of Protoceratopsian nests, are cleared on all counts […]
Destitute by Manohari I am a three – day refugee successful in saving my life; a poem wells within it. Those who saw my house say its nose is broken I understand that the flower plants I nurtured have been eaten by cows Here I own no sky Even the air I breathe belongs to […]
In 1971 Bangladesh won independence from Pakistan; independence came with the price that most armed conflicts extract: the rape of women as a ‘tactic’. Over the course of the almost-year long conflict, the Pakistani military raped or made sex slaves of between 200,000 and 400,000 Bangladeshi women. More contextual reading and links at the end […]
Every year Berlin’s International Literature Festival has a public reading event. This year’s focus is the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers from Europe and around the world. I’m going to focus on South Asia. I’m creating a list of poems on themes of loss, journeying, return, home, by poets from Kashmir, Bangladesh/Bengal, Sri Lanka/Tamil […]
This is another piece I really liked, about the ‘spontaneous literature of outrage’ that the Delhi rape inspired.
Reachable, near and unlost amid the losses, this one thing remained: language. This thing, language, remained unlost, yes, in spite of everything. But it had to go through its own loss of answers, had to go through terrifying muteness, had to go through the thousand darknesses of deathbringing talk. It went through and gave no […]