A poet, novelist and feminist. She holds a PhD in sociolinguistics. Her work has appeared in 18 languages.
Summer time In Calcutta, By Kamala Das
“Kamala Das was like somebody opening a brand new, secret world for me. I grew up in a non secular (learn: patriarchal) arrange, and simply to seek out phrases to speak about love, in regards to the physique, in regards to the failings, in regards to the energy and the fragility of womanhood—her poetry simply gave me oxygen,” Kandasamy stated. “All of the sudden, for the primary time in my life I felt that the life I used to be dwelling and the life I used to be denied might be described in phrases—with honesty, with disgrace, with anger, with sensuality. Additionally, as a result of I used to be in love along with her work and talked about her, I might be inevitably really helpful the works of Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton and different confessional poets—and it opened so many universes of feminist expression for me.”
Poems Of Love And Struggle, Translated By AK Ramanujan
“I like to recommend the AK Ramanujan ebook of translation of Tamil Sangam poetry as a result of it confirmed me how wealthy, how good and complicated the Tamil poetic custom was,” Kandasamy stated. “Rising up within the 1990s, it was simple to develop into self-loathing, and or develop into a part of the bigger tradition that valued English over Tamil. Studying him additionally allowed me to know the significance of translation, the artwork and science of it, the pure poetry and keenness of it. One of many explanation why I first began my foray into books as a translator was as a result of I used to be so closely influenced by him.”
Chosen Poems, By Gwendolyn Brooks
“I select Gwendolyn Brooks as a result of she has been a gentle presence—I learn her work simply to seek out adequate rage towards the world, simply to reaffirm my perception that something may be written about,” Kandasamy stated. “She captures the pure cadences of speech, she works inside type, and she or he captures the actual expertise of what it meant to be poor and black in a sure time and place. I lately learn someplace on-line her personal phrases, that she wrote ‘whereas scrubbing, washing, ironing, cooking: dropping the mop, broom, cleaning soap, iron or carrot grater to write down down a line, or phrase’ and as somebody who struggles to seek out time to write down, I discover her completely inspiring.”