In an interview with Kavishala, author and Poet Abhay K spills the beans on his latest release, The Alphabets of Latin America, what brought him to Poetry, Earth Anthem and his inspiration in life. Book is Available on Amazon!
Kavishala is going behind the scenes to uncover the inspirations and secrets of Abhay K's new release The Alphabets of Latin America:
Kavishala: Tell us about your latest book The Alphabets of Latin America
Abhay K. Organized alphabetically from A-Z and published by Bloomsbury India, the poems written between 2016-2019 during my travels across Latin America, takes the reader on a roller coaster ride to one of the most culturally and geographically fascinating continents, known for its legendary Maya and Inca civilisation, sizzling Samba and Tango, the world's biggest carnivals, labyrinth of Borges, magic realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, great poetry of Ruben Dario, Pablo Neruda, Gabriela Mistral, Cesare Vallejo, Octavio Paz, the fascinating art of Frida Kahlo and Fernando Botero, among others.
As one flips through its pages, one finds oneself swimming with pink dolphins in the Amazon river, watching the sunset in the Martian landscape of Atacama desert, kissing the heights of Machu Picchu and admiring a thousand rainbows at Iguazu Falls.
Kavishala: How were you inspired to write this book?
Abhay K. I was in love with the poetry of Neruda and Octavio Paz, and fiction of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Machado de Assis among others. I was also fascinated by the beauty of Machu Picchu, Atacama Desert, Amazon forests, Rio de Janeiro among others and wanted to see these places with my own eyes and to write about them. I also wanted to understand the Latin American culture at a deeper level and writing poems was one of the best ways to learn more about the continent and its vibrant culture and people.
Kavishala: Who is the target audience for this book?
Abhay K. The book is meant for anyone who is curious to learn about different cultures and civilizations, especially the younger generation who wants to travel and explore the world. It is good to read the poetry of a country or continent before visiting it as poetry is the window to the heart and soul of a culture and civilization of that place. Anyone interested in Latin America and its rich culture and exquisite natural beauty will find the book interesting.
Kavishala: What does it mean to be a best-selling author? Does it mean the freedom to write what you want or stick to the genre that has become immensely popular with the readers?
Abhay K. Well, I write about things that move me deeply and the process of writing is my primary reward. I get immense pleasure in creating distinct books and feel honoured when they are published and liked by the readers. For example, my edited anthologies-- CAPITALS attempts to create a poetry atlas of the world while The Bloomsbury Anthology of Great Indian Poems highlights the richness of Indian poetry written in 28 languages spanning over 3000 years. New Brazilian Poems is my attempt to showcase contemporary Brazilian poetry to the world. My poetry collections-- The Seduction of Delhi, The Eight-eyed Lord of Kathmandu, The Prophecy of Brasilia, The Alphabets of Latin America, and the forthcoming The Magic of Madagascar celebrate the unique culture, history, legends and diversity of these places.
Kavishala: Who are your inspirations in life?
Abhay K. My inspirations are poet-diplomats such as Octavio Paz, Pablo Neruda, George Seferis, Gabriela Mistral, St. John Perse, Czeslaw Milosz among others who have left behind inspiring volumes of poems for generations to come. Besides them, Kalidasa, Kabir, Tagore, Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, Wislawa Szymborska inspire me as well. Their poetic works have had a profound impact on me.