Timglaset proudly presents NAME – AMEN by Aditya Bahl, a collection of visual poetry with a strong sense of personal urgency. From the author’s foreword:
This project, as I understand it now, is the remnant of my ambition to cure myself of my “double consciousness” as a poet. During this period I had been strenuously trying to work myself out of the influence of a decidedly western poetry and poetics, and yet, it was as if the more I would try to subvert the western paragon of newness, the more I would end up imitating the “great” western poets. (- – -) And it culminated in a very painful and traumatic breakdown of the language I had been working with. A total breakdown at that, right down to its bare physical elements.
Aditya Bahl is a member of a Delhi-based marxist collective, Radical Notes. Since 1988, a collection of minimal poems composed during 2013-2015, were published by Delete Press. A chapbook of visual poems, titled This Is Visual Poetry by Aditya Bahl, was published by Dan Waber in 2012. Bahl’s translations of Muktibodh’s poetry are forthcoming in Social Text Journal.
Aditya Bahl, NAME – AMEN, 26 pages, digital print in black and red, black cardboard cover with black print, handbound with red linen thread, 231 X 180 mm, 80 SEK/8 EUR, $8.50.
Reviewed by Colin Lee Marshall in Erotoplasty #3.