- Aug. 9, 2016
-- Word Masala Foundation and an award-winning poet Yogesh Patel have launched a crowdfunding initiative at Kickstarter. In the first two days alone, it has opened up well, but to meet the difficult target they seek more pledges and support. 'It is not easy to publish poetry in any case, but coming from the South-Asian background, in particular, makes it even more difficult, as publishers traditionally shun BAME talent. Hence, I decided to try this route as it jumps the hoop and talks directly to the wider and open-minded community,' says Yogesh who launched the Foundation to help poets with a magnificent success recently through their award presentation programme at the House of Lords. He adds, 'While we mention hurdles, it may sound like grumbles, but, in fact, we are about working together, and therefore, starting a project on Kickstarter sits very well with this crowdfunding initiative. Also, most small presses have a limitation on how many collections they can bring out in a year. Many publish out of passion. So to add more books to the list we are working towards, we also need to reach out for help.'
The poems in this collection have a different approach. The poet has focused on experiencing the world through whale's humanisation. Whale is in a perpetual state of migration. Its kitchen and bedroom with a nursery are hundreds of miles apart. It has no sense of borders. It gets exploited mid-ocean in its transit. It gets harpooned under excuses and self-righteousness. Such experiences create a concoction of passions, emotions, fears and anger. How do all these experiences sit with our sensitivity and merge? The collection will also touch some no-go areas and ruffle the political correctness. The whale has set these challenges and decided to swim poetically to arrive at your purse to ask for you to make a pledge at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1890139913/whale
: Will you?
The Word Masala Foundation has made a commitment to publishing a fresh voice of an emerging poet, Mona Dash, who is also a published novelist. Her collection is piggybacking on this collection of whale poems by Yogesh, who has been publishing international poetry in English since the seventies. This is another noble purpose of this project and makes our appeal unique in that sense.
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