A preview from The Alphabets of Latin America: A Carnival of Poems by Abhay K. (Bloomsbury, 138 pages, ISBN 9789389867909, Paperback)
TheAlphabets of Latin America is collection of poems by poet-diplomat Abhay K. written during his travels across Latin America between 2016-2019. Organized alphabetically from A-Z,it takes you on a roller coaster ride to one of the most culturally and geographically fascinating continents known for its legendary Maya and Inca civilizations, sizzling Samba and Tango, the world’s biggest carnivals, labyrinths of Borges, magic realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, great poetry of Ruben Dario, Pablo Neruda , Gabriela Mistral, Cesare Vallejo, Octavio Paz, fascinating art of Frida Kahlo and Fernando Botero, among others.
The entry can be any genre — stories, poems or essays. You need to convey local flavour of the places you have visited in pre- corona days. Perhaps, the experience will bring back memories that takes away from the sense of fear and panic that an endemic generates.
Ashley hails from a small sunny island proudly known as the Little Red Dot and holds an uncanny penchant for all-things pink. As the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Timeless Compass (www.thetimelesscompass.com), an online history and politics publication, she has had the pleasure of working with youths from all around the world to produce thoughtful commentaries on the complex state of the world and the past that accompanies it. Having written for poetry publications including Anapest Journal, Blue Marble Review and Moledro Magazine, Ashley hopes to continue with her foray into the literary world to discover all of the hidden gems it has to offer.
Likhitha lives in Cochin, Kerala. It was the unrelenting frenetic pace of the city that brought her closer to poetry. Her days are spent in pursuing a degree in Law and nights are immersed in reading and writing poetry. Someday, she hopes to find the tranquility she has searched all her life. Her work was previously published in Indian Review.
Faiz Ahmad is the founder of healthcare start-up Orbuculum and has a passionate interest in poetry as an art form for understanding life. His poems have been published in Indian Literature Magazine of Sahitya Akademi.
This poem is part of a series about Asifa Bano – the Kashmiri Muslim girl who was brutally raped and murdered earlier this year in Kashmir.
Manu Kant was born at Patiala, Punjab but brought up in Chandigarh. He also lived in the erstwhile Soviet Union from where he did his post-graduation in TV journalism from the prestigious Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow in 1993. He is a freelance journalist and a committed Marxist. His articles have appeared in The Tribune, Chandigarh, The Indian Express, Pioneer and Kolkata-based weekly Frontier. He has published seven poetry books. His latest poetry book is titled Asifa Bano’s Smile which is about the little Kashmiri girl who was killed after a horrific gang-rape in Kashmir in January, 2018. Manu keenly follows Indian art and theatre.
Dilantha Gunawardana is a molecular biologist by training, yet identifies himself, as a wordsmith, papadum thief, “Best Laksa” seeker, poet of accident and fluke, hoop-addict, a late bloomer on all fronts, ex-quiz-druggy and humour-artist, who is still learning the craft of poetry. Dilantha lives in a chimerical universe of science and poems. His poems have been accepted for publication /published in Heart Wood Literary Magazine, Canary Literary Magazine, Boston Accent Lit, Forage, Kitaab, Creatrix, Eastlit, American Journal of Poetry, Zingara Poetry Review, The Wagon and Ravens Perch, among others. Dilantha has two anthologies of poetry, Kite Dreams (2016) and Driftwood (2017), published by Sarasavi Publishers, and is working on his third poetry collection, The Many Constellations of Home. Dilantha was awarded the prize for “The emerging writer of the year – 2016” in the Godage National Literary Awards, Sri Lanka, while being shortlisted for the poetry prize, in the same awards ceremony.
Dilantha blogs at – https://kite-dreams.com/