Chennai Mathematical Institute


CMI Arts Initiative: Online Talks and Readings 2021
Date and time: Monday, 7 June 2021, 18:30 IST
Hunchprose: Of Language and Languages

Ranjit Hoskote


Ranjit Hoskote will speak about and read from his latest collection of poems Hunchprose. Published by Penguin/ Hamish Hamilton, Hunchprose is Ranjit Hoskote's seventh collection of poetry in 30 years. Douglas Messerli, poet and founder of the Sun and Moon Press, says that this book is "a work of fire and magic...Hunchprose presents a world of absolute fear and wonderment at the very same moment." Poet and artist Imtiaz Dharker writes that, in Hunchprose, "Hoskote takes myths, troubled histories, the sounds of nature, the call of the market, and gathers them all up into one richly resonating space." And Forrest Gander, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, has this to say about it: "Ranjit Hoskote's deeply affecting new book of poems, Hunchprose, chronicles the passions of displaced men and women (and animals) digging through history for their own traces... history remembers what is sung by poets like Hoskote."
About the speaker:
Ranjit Hoskote's seven collections of poetry include Vanishing Acts: New & Selected Poems (Penguin, 2006), Central Time (Penguin/ Viking, 2014), Jonahwhale (Penguin/ Hamish Hamilton, 2018; published by Arc in the UK as The Atlas of Lost Beliefs, 2020, a Poetry Society Summer Recommendation) and Hunchprose (Penguin/ Hamish Hamilton, 2021). His translation of a celebrated 14th-century Kashmiri woman saint's poetry has appeared as I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded (Penguin Classics, 2011). He is the editor of Dom Moraes: Selected Poems (Penguin Modern Classics, 2012). Hoskote has received the Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Award, the Sahitya Akademi Translation Award, and the SH Raza Literature Award. He has been a Fellow of the International Writing Program (IWP), University of Iowa; writer-in-residence at Villa Waldberta, Munich, and the Polish Institute, Berlin; and researcher-in-residence at BAK/ basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht. His poems have been translated into German, Hindi, Bang la, Irish, Marathi, Swedish, Spanish, and Arabic.