Speculative Music: Poems by Jeff Dolven

By Jeff Dolven

Jeff Dolven's poems take the guise of fables, parables, allegories, jokes, riddles, and different accepted varieties. So, there's an preliminary convenience: I have in mind this, the reader thinks, from the tales of formative years . . . . yet wait, whatever is off. In each one poem, an uncanny conceit surprises the shape, a street paved with highwaymen, a faculty for disgrace, a kinfolk of chairs. Dolven makes those unusual wagers with the grace and edgy precision of a metaphysical poet, and there are moments after we may think ourselves to be someplace within the corporation of Donne or Spenser. Then we stumble upon “The Invention: A Libretto for Speculative Music," that's, well—surreal, and contours a decisively sleek, completely notional rating, sung by means of an inventor and his invention, which (who?) seems to be a 40s-type piano-perched chanteuse who (which?) someway understands the entire phrases to the tune you by no means knew you had in you. The bold of this assortment isn't really in replaying the fractured polyphony of our second. Speculative song offers us available lyrics that also be ready to snoop on our echoing interiors. those are poems that promise Frost's “momentary remain opposed to confusion" and, even as, impress a deep, head-shaking ask yourself.

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But three Tibetan families came to Bombay along with Chinese who had run away from China after the 1949 communist revolution. They were friends in noodle businesses. Even today, some of the best restaurants and hotels in Mumbai 42 Kora take noodle supplies from the city's small Tibetan noodle factories. Around twenty youngsters work as cooks in 'Chinese' restaurants. Kunga, forty, who has trained about thirty Tibetan youngsters in this trade, was once answering a journalist on this apparent political contradiction.

Bored of staying at home, he has come out for walk. His languid stroll takes him to the end of the row of shops and stalls. ” (No man). He strolls into the McLeod Ganj streets, blissfully oblivious to the mass of different wares on sale, the cosmopolitan crowd, names of shops in English, Hindi, Tibetan, Punjabi, Tibetan music in the background as well as the natural sounds of a bustling small town that was Dharamsala. Tashi couldn’t have been more than twenty-five years old. He has an attitude typical of his age that shines on his face.

After three months of beatings, humiliation and mental torture in prison I was then thrown out of Tibet. Instead of supporting me, my relatives back in India nagged and scolded me for not informing them before going. They yelled at me that I put them through a lot of mental stress – not understanding what I was experiencing having survived police brutality and interrogation for months in jail. Mumbai is not a typical Tibetan joint. There are little more than thirty Tibetans living in the city doing odd jobs like working in restaurants, manufacturing noodles and now youngsters in IT jobs.

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