Like Blood On The Bitten Tongue: Delhi Poems – Akhil Katyal


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Like Blood on the Bitten Tongue is a collection of poems in which beats an old city’s heart, visceral and noetic, brash and gentle, unyielding and evolving, all at the same time. Akhil Katyal combines the Urdu and Hindi traditions of poetry writing with English forms and sensibilities. His bittersweet poems are shot through with empathy. In an increasingly cynical world, Katyal’s is a stirring and sincere voice.

About the Author

Akhil Katyal is a writer based in Delhi. His second book of poems How Many Countries Does the Indus Cross (2019) won the Editor’s Choice Award from The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective. He translated Ravish Kumar’s Ishq Mein Shahar Hona as A City Happens in Love (2018) for Speaking Tiger. He has co-edited The World that Belongs to Us: An Anthology of Queer Poetry from South Asia (forthcoming 2020) for HarperCollins India. He was the International Writing Fellow at the University of Iowa in Fall 2016. He teaches Creative Writing at Ambedkar University Delhi.

Vishwajyoti Ghosh is a designer, artist and graphic novelist. Author of the graphic novel Delhi Calm and Times New Roman and Countrymen, a visual book of contemporary classified postcards, Ghosh is also the curator of This Side That Side: Restorying Partition, an anthology of graphic narratives on the Partition. Ghosh lives and works in Delhi.