Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. African & African American Studies. Latinx Studies. Translated by Jennifer Rathbun. BLUE WINDOW (VENTANA AZUL) captures modern love in all of its contradictory emotions, expressed online, face to face, and in memory. The poems speak to all of our love entanglements and any reader can identify with the love and loss poured into these pages. Acclaimed Chilean poet laureate Raúl Zurita says: "Indran Amirthanayagam, as an immigrant of the language, has not only rendered that language a magisterial book, BLUE WINDOW, but also a poem, 'Illusion,' that is amongst the most moving love poems in the history of Spanish." In these times of the pandemic, where all over the world we have developed a new relationship to the window, among windows, on a Zoom screen with Cyrano moved from the street outside to every windowsill, wherever the internet has travelled, on fiber optic cables set deep into the oceans, on internet balloons flying over large swatches of jungle and brush, bringing people the world over to hear poems of love and loss and love renewed, we give you BLUE WINDOW (VENTANA AZUL).
"In our time, it's rare to find poets still writing about the glory of romantic love. A noble tradition, from Sappho to Neruda, seemed to be exhausted. But the poems in BLUE WINDOW read like a gift the Muse has handed down to Indran Amirthanayagam."—Jaime Manrique
"Indran Amirthanayagam is Euripides, Pirandello, Liza Minelli, Bart Simpson, Paul Gauguin in Polynesia, Tom (and Jerry) Brady, Pico della Mirandola, Neruda, Saint Augustine, Joe Namath, Joe Biden, Joe Walsh, Anne Sexton, Robert Lowell, Ozzie Osbourne, Clark Kent, Chance the Rapper, Josephine Baker, Benjamin Franklin, Dolly Parton, Pelé, Nelson Mandela, Cantinflas, Howard Hughes, Langston Hughes, Edna St. Vincent Millay, RuPaul, Allen Ginsberg, Banksy, Steve Jobs, Woody Guthrie, Walt Disney & Walt Whitman. One of the most undervalued poets of our times..."—Eduardo Espina
"In BLUE WINDOW, Indran Amirthanayagam has developed a personal poetic cartography, a geography of dilated air in the shadows. The poetic voice evokes, conjures, and converses with people, moments, places... This volume is a book of farewells, dialogues interrupted by distance, but continued in these pages that were life and are now maps, logbooks of travel, of poetry."—Carlos Aguasaco
Indran Amirthanayagam writes in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole. He has published over twenty books of poetry, including BLUE WINDOW (translated by Jennifer Rathbun), THE MIGRANT STATES, Coconuts on Mars, THE ELEPHANTS OF RECKONING (winner 1994 Paterson Poetry Prize), UNCIVIL WAR, and THE SPLINTERED FACE: TSUNAMI POEMS. In music, he recorded Rankont Dout. He edits the Beltway Poetry Quarterly; curates www.ablucionistas.com; co-directs Poets & Writers Studio International; writes a weekly poem for Haiti en Marche and El Acento; and hosts The Poetry Channel. He has received fellowships from the Foundation for the Contemporary Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, The US/Mexico Fund for Culture, and the Macdowell Colony. He is a 2021 Emergent Seed grant winner.Author City: LIMA PER