This poem was first published in the Asia Literary Review in December 2010. It was translated from the Chinese by Zheng Danyi, Shirley Lee and Martin Alexander in September 2010. It featured with Charter 08 in the World-Wide Readings on the 20th March 2011 and 2012, organised by the Berlin Literature Festival and Authors for Peace. It was read in 34 countries and re-translated into...
Every morning after the paracetamol, the coffee and the pain au chocolat at the Hong Kong Club, Curly Jones, partner in the law firm of Magnus, Gray and Ping, sat back, gazed at the ceiling and pondered the precarious nature of life in general and his in particular.
Jeet Thayil is a performance poet, songwriter and guitarist. He has published four collections of poetry and edited The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets (2008).
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