"In 2003, a group of men and women, setting themselves up as guardians of Tamil culture, objected publicly to the language of a new generation of women poets – particularly in the work of Malathi Maithri, Salma, Kutti Revathi and Sukirtharani – charging the women with obscenity and immodesty.
A decade later, a deep divide still persists in the way readers and critics perceive women poets. Tamil women poets have been categorized into ‘Bad Girls’ who write ‘body poetry’ and ‘Good Girls’ who refrain from doing so. The traditional values prescribed for the ‘Good’ Tamil woman were fearfulness, propriety, and modesty. Our poets have chosen, instead, the opposite virtues – of fearlessness, outspokenness, and a ceaseless questioning of prescribed rules. This bilingual anthology celebrates the poetry of Malathi Maithri, Salma, Kutti Revathi, and Sukirtharani, and showcases, through Lakshmi Holmström’s English translation, a selection of their work.
“This masterclass of contemporary Tamil poetry is twice born in translation. The distinct women’s voices find their feminine awakening to the rhythm of a nuanced and rigorous English rendering by Lakshmi Holmström. Moving from the transgressional to the transformational, these interrogations address the arena of the body as well as the timeless preoccupations of poetry.” – Namita Gokhale "
This book Wild Girls Wicked Words: Thaernthedutha Kavithaikal (Poetry) is written by and published by Kalachuvadu Pathippagam.
இந்த நூல் Wild girls wicked words (tamil & english), Lakshmi Holmstrom அவர்களால் எழுதி காலச்சுவடு பதிப்பகம் பதிப்பகத்தால் வெளியிடப்பட்டது.
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