Sujata Bhatt

 

 

(India – USA – Germany)

 

 

 

You Have the Blue

 

‘You have the blue I want,’

he said, ‘and I’ll kill you for it.’

 

And he did.

He killed and took the blue

from a thousand butterflies –

 

And he rubbed the blue into his skin

everywhere –    slowly, slowly –

especially on his face –

 

And he swallowed what he could

even though it was metallic

with a dizzy, glittering light –

 

But the magic had gone,

the power had gone to the Lord of Death,

who arrived promptly and took him away

despite his efforts to reach blueness.

 

 

from Poppies in Translation, to be published

by Carcanet Press, UK, in autumn 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Biographical Information

 

Sujata Bhatt was born in Ahmedabad, India.  She grew up in Pune, (India) and in the United States.  She received her MFA from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. To date, she has published eight collections of poetry with Carcanet Press.  Her Collected Poems  appeared in September 2013, and a new collection, Poppies in Translation, is scheduled for November 2014.  She received the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Asia) and the Alice Hunt Bartlett Award for her first collection, Brunizem (1988).  Subsequent collections include Monkey Shadows (PBS Recommendation, 1991), The Stinking Rose (shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize, 1995), Point No Point: Selected Poems (1997), Augatora  (PBS Recommendation, 2000), A Colour for Solitude  (2002), and Pure Lizard (shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize, 2008).   She received a Cholmondeley Award in 1991, the Italian Tratti Poetry Prize in 2000, and the German Literature Award, Das neue Buch, in 2008.  She has translated poetry from Gujarati and German into English.  She has been a Lansdowne Visiting Writer at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia, a Visiting Fellow at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, and more recently was Poet-in-Residence at The Poetry Archive in London and at the Heinrich Böll Cottage on Achill Island, Ireland.  Her work has been widely anthologised, broadcast on radio and television, and has been translated into more than twenty languages.  Currently, she divides her time between Germany and elsewhere.

 

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