Moving Spaces, Changing Places
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Moving Spaces, Changing Places tries to reconfigure urban space and its topography through well-crafted poems divided into five sections—train travel, alone and in company, sleep, study and words. On a muggy morning, made muggier by packed commuters, bicycle stands appear and disappear. An entire metropolitan geography opens, but people seem totally absorbed in themselves. These first impressions are bound to change as you travel with these people. The human drama, comedy and adventure of traveling are inescapable. This is true whether we travel with others or alone. In each and every situation we are persistently trying to represent our ever-changing reality and give significance to our lives. When we verbalize our experience we, sometimes find them poignantly sad and at others highly amusing. After reading these poems we may realize that we are not just rational beings trying to justify our actions, but also emotional creatures reacting to situations.
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Oct 15, 2009"Great Reading! Worth buying!" The Chuo Line and Other Poems by Mukesh Williams captures the bustling life and contradictions of metropolitan Tokyo through the metaphor of train travel. These poems provide an insight into the topography of Tokyo and the moods, habits, sensibility and priorities of both the Japanese and non-Japanese people alike. The pencil sketches by Kyoko Mizohata are quite evocative and highlight the meaning of each section quite well. Though the first section deals with train travel subsequent sections, such as Alone, In Company, Sleep, Study and Words, highlight the human drama and emotions of people, transcending time and geography. These sections are equally interesting. Reading these poems makes you understand how the somewhat reclusive Japanese temperament finds expression in large public spaces. It is possible to see how people respect each other’s private space even when they are packed like sardines. They do not talk loudly or stare blatantly at... More > others but nevertheless is quite conscious of who is doing what. The poet’s sharp observation brings all this together in wonderful conceits and metaphors. The collection makes good reading; it’s worth buying.< Less
Jul 31, 2007"Williams's Poetry-- Moving Spaces, Changing Places" Mukesh Williams's poems in Moving Spaces, Changing Places are sharp, perceptive and convey a diasporic experience that is at once powerful and surprising. There is a lot of work that has gone in the making of these poems and I highly recommend them to any reader who is interested in Japan, India or the diasporic experience. I was immediately transported into a new and strange world of daily life in a far off place like Tokyo. Nevertheless it was not difficult to empathize with the concerns and anxieties of commuters in a Tokyo metropolitan train. It is an excellent read and a must for any poetry lover with a penchant for evocative poetry and philosophy.
Jun 18, 2007"Mukesh Williams, Chuo Line and Other Poems" The recent collection of poems by Mukesh Williams entitled Chuo Line and Other Poems succicintly captures the essence, the heart of Japan. The poems provide a fresh perspective about Tokyo and some of the complexities of human behavior. The conceits and metaphors match the themes. It is an excellent collection and any Japanese or non-Japanese reader will be delighted to read it.
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- Mukesh Williams
- November 20, 2007
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.55 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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