Saturday, August 12, 2017
Welcome to Sudeep Adhikari!
Tonight I'd like to welcome Sudeep Adhikari, one of the poets featured in Catfish McDaris' recent anthology, Resurrection of a Sunflower, a collection of poems and prose inspired by Vincent Van Gogh and his work. This evening a friend and I were looking through this wonderful anthology. I hope that you will check it out: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0998847607
Here are Sudeep's poems! (These are not in the anthology.)
Syntax of Infinity
I have these few pretty eyes of wound,
always looking at me. Hurting me
with something bigger than
love, pushing me to
dream across the screaming abysses.
Universe is infinite they say, but
it can't be bigger than the untamed eyes
it can't be lonelier than
the language nobody speaks of.
How can you not be
possessed by the sights of waking gods?
You want to wait. You want
to be all of your shadows at once.
And you want to grow a jungle
of hearts inside your heart. Just in case.
The Myth of Dialogues
Some awfully lonely things
we are. Clutching gravity with our
beer bottle in a sea of faces,
smoking frantic air molecules
under the bass drops bigger than our
fear of piercing daylights.
A complete impossibility to
hold a conversation, even with our
own sorry ass selves.
Atoms and bits, clubs and World Wide
Waste. We started looking for
ourselves once, but ended up drowning
in the sewer of selfies
Bio: Sudeep Adhikari is a structural engineer/Lecturer from Kathmandu, Nepal. His poetry has found place in many online/print literary journals, the recent being Red Fez , Kyoto , Your One Phone Call, Jawline Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, Yellow Mama, Fauna Quarterly, Beatnik Cowboys and After The Pause.
Let's play some Bennie Maupin tonight. I learned about him by watching the documentary I Called Him Morgan (about Lee Morgan), and I've been enjoying Maupin's 1974 The Jewel in the Lotus.
Here is "Ensenada," the first song on The Jewel in the Lotus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZcGsuDPvOU
This is "The Jewel in the Lotus" itself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0d22L9YruUA&list=PLgY5R6n6NEr2b-6yW7zpUVGFgthtUozFu
Recently he played in Krakow, Poland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryG1C6IaCoU
I'll finish with his "Chamoleon," also a live version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab9MJgIkauo