Ted Greenwalds Clearview/LIE is a memoir, but it subverts many narrative traditions of memoir-writing through poetic techniques, mainly fragmentation, repetition, temporal shifts, and tonal rebellions.
Stephen Motikas Western Practice is a vast poetic anthropology, or archeology. It is a kulture vulture, trying to tell us the culture through its description of collections and directories.
Listen, my friends, we are punished by the heavens, exiled by time. It is true, we were cast from heaven to earth the day that the stars plucked us from Jahanabad and threw us down in the wilds of Baran where the lights burned from a distance of twelve miles.
Saadat Hasan Manto (1912–1955) is a giant of South Asian fiction. His Urdu stories, vignettes, anecdotal prose, and satire place him squarely at the center of the Urdu canon. His continued cultural relevance can be attested to new dramatic works centered on his life and writing: the 2018 film Manto by the famous Indian actress, activist, and director Nandita Das, and the 2019 staging of Mantos work by Motley, the Mumbai theater troupe of the famous Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah.
So great are the gifts of English civilization! Has it not given us backward Indians what we used to lack? Has it not told our shameless women how to show off their curves in ever yet newer ways? How to attract men with sleeveless blouses?
I was polishing my white shoes when my wife spoke up, Zaidis here. I gave my shoes to my wife, washed my hands and went into the next room where Zaidi was seated. I was shocked by his appearance.
When the songwriter Azeem Gobindpuri was hired at ABC Productions, he immediately thought of his friend, the Music Director Bhatsave. Bhatsave was Marathi and had worked with Azeem on several films. Azeem knew how talented he was, and yet how can a man show off his skills when hes working on stunt films?
This happened eight years ago to the day. My friend Bisheshar Naths wedding party was staying in the upscale marriage hall opposite Hindu Sabha College. There were around three hundred fifty guests who, after listening to the performances of famous prostitutes from Amritsar and Lahore, were sound asleep on the floor or in cots in the sprawling buildings many rooms.
Michel Foucaults Histoire de la folie à lâge classique suggests that the definition of deviant psychological profiles is as much about the operation of state power and the tyranny of Enlightenment rationality as about the norms of psychological reality. Foucaults discursive and institutional history illuminates how two stories from the Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Mantos 1948 volume Chuǥẖad, Miss Tin Wālā (Miss Tinman) and Paṛhiye Kalimā (God Save Us from Our Sins), can be read as allegories of colonial oppression.
Julien Columeaus stories belong to the genre of biographical fiction. He avers that every story is based upon a real-life person. His writing practice is in keeping with the example of the French writer Pierre Michon who is famous for his fictional biographies of famous artists, anonymous figures, and imaginary artists.
Matt Reecks poems have appeared in magazines and in three chapbooks, including Midwinter from Fact-Simile Press. Histranslations from the Urdu and the French have appeared in magazines including the Rails own InTranslation.
Matt Reeck's translation Class Warrior—Taoist Style from the French of Abdelkébir Khatibi is available this fall from Wesleyan UP. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter, and co-edits Staging Ground magazine.
Matt Reeck lives in Los Angeles and helps run Staging Ground Magazine. He's published five chapbooks. His translations include Bombay Stories (Vintage) and the forthcoming Mirages of the Mind (New Directions).