Title:Sandcastle City/Quicksand Nation
Size:134 x 207 mm
This is a poetry book on war and peace. The core of Sandcastle City, written in Kathmandu between 2003 and 2008 during the Maoist insurrection and aftermath, are emotive, sound driven poems born of sickness and disquiet, an outsiders attempt to empathize with a country and people tearing themselves apart and more universal ruminations on violence, torture, impunity and death. The work that opens and closes the book however was composed mostly in the early 90's and in the present day. These image driven depictions of street life in Kathmandu present a city dwellers recounting of the world he passes through, poems formed with a detached and an omnivorous eye. In the first instance the aim was catharsis and in the second, awareness. The authors concern throughout was with how lives are lived and suffering endured. The reader can see the years of violence in the context of the unhappy peace that preceded and follows it.