Illustrations by Lakshmi Parthasarathy
Publication date: 17 May 2020
£7, 20-page limited-edition pamphlet, hand-sewn & numbered, risograph printed in London by Bitter Melon
[he is here]
[his voice is here]
[the soft stir at night]
आप गुज़र गए पर ऐसी बुनियाद छोड़ गए
सैलाब-ए-रात पे बहती हुई सदा आपकी सुनाई देती है।
your passing has left your roots intact
the night’s rising floods carry your voice to me
BULBUL CALLING shimmers with heat, memory and longing, and with fragmentary echoes of birdsong. Accompanied by illustrations by Pratyusha's grandmother, these poems and texts dwell in tremors, fissures, and dreamlike heatwaves. Shifting between Tamil, Hindi, German and English, BULBUL CALLING is a convergence of languages, heritages, and deep personal and ecological loss.
PRATYUSHA is an Indo-Swiss poet and co-editor of the online literary journal amberflora. Her debut pamphlet Night Waters was published by Zarf Editions in 2018.