Give, Eat, and Live: Poems of Avvaiyar
Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma (Translator)
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DescriptionGive, Eat, and Live is a selection of poems translated from the 12th century Tamil poet Avvaiyar, arguably one of the most important female poets in Tamil's two-thousand-and-five-hundred years of literary history, and certainly one of the best known, of any gender. Although people across the state of Tamil Nadu know many of her works by heart, she has received little attention outside India, owing largely to the lack of decent translations. The one comprehensive work in English, Avvaiyar, a great Tamil poetess, by C. Rajagopalachari (Bombay: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 1971), has long since been out of print and renders Avvaiyar's poems in accurate but wooden translations. This book, by contrast, seeks to render her finest songs in a supple and poetically charged English that allows both her intellect and poetry to shine.
Red Hen Press
July 26, 2022
5.83 X 8.27 X 0.18 inches | 0.24 pounds
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About the Author
Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma is an author, poet, teacher, and performer. His other books include The Kural: Tiruvalluvar's Tirukkural, translated from the classical Tamil; The Safety of Edges: Poems, Body and Earth, with the artist C. F. John; and A Feast for the Tongue, co-authored with Dr. K. V. Ramakoti. He speaks and performs widely, teaches for Cozy Grammar, and makes his home on Vashon Island, WA, with his husband, David Mielke.