Sugata Srinivasaraju reads a poem a week to confront the times we are living in


Refugee by Jon Veinberg

More people have now been forced to flee their homes due to conflict and crisis than at any time since World War II. More recently, the United States' "zero-tolerance" immigration policy saw thousands of children forcibly separated from their parents at the Mexican border. Jon Veinberg was a poet born in Germany in 1947 after his family fled Soviet occupied Estonia. Around 1950, they emigrated to the United States. On the occasion of World Refugee Day, Sugata Srinivasaraju reads the poem Refugee by Jon Veinberg.

Concomitantly: December 6 by Namdeo Dhasal

Namdeo Dhasal was a Marathi poet, writer and activist. Sugata Srinivasaraju reads a poem by Dhasal from his 1995 volume Ya Sattet Jeev Ramat Naahi, translated from the Marathi by Dilip Chitre. Although written over two decades ago, this poem still finds resonance with the events in the country today.

The Wretched of the Earth by César Vallejo

As a tribute to the 40,000 farmers in Maharashtra, who marched a distance of 200 kilometers to be heard by their own government, this is Sugata Srinivasaraju reading The Wretched of the Earth by Peruvian poet César Vallejo, translated from the Spanish by Clayton Eshelman.

The Vices of the Modern World by Nicanor Parra

Nicanor Parra was a Chilean poet, mathematician, and physicist, and a contemporary of Pablo Neruda. He recently passed away on 23 January 2018, at the age of 103. Sugata reads his poem The Vices of the Modern World translated from the Spanish by WS Merwin.

My Faithful Mother Tongue by Czeslaw Milosz

Czeslaw Milosz was a Polish poet who migrated to the United States. Sugata reads his poem My Faithful Mother Tongue on the occasion of International Mother Language Day.

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