6 Years - 99 poems - 1 Incredible Insight
I canít be your acclaimed writer
I havenít got any time for it
excerpt from Pessimism
The choices I made
in passing moments
The secrets I kept
impressed me with the tiniest of dents.
The aluminum foil,
the fabric of my self laid bare
excerpt from Aluminum Foil
What shall I say
The genius comes on
But what shall it say
I want it to explode
A thousand fragments
Littering the page
To let them know
That I think harder now
excerpt from Insanity, if you please
Diya Das' method of writing poetry has never been completely organized; she has written in several notebooks at once, on post-it notes and at the computer.
Although, she initially considered a journal format for this anthology, she instead groups this collection into nine sections arranged by topic. The poems in each section are in chronological order. The collection is essentially a poem journal of the past six years of her life.
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The Evolution of an Identity: Indian American Immigrants from the Early 20th Century to the Present: A Fictional Family History
History + Literature + Fiction = Teenage Inspiration
Diya Das' novel is based on an honors project completed during her junior year at Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, PA. It is a historical fiction told through three venues - San Francisco (1917-1918), Chicago (1980-1981) and New York (2005). The end result is a conglomeration of American history, literature and fiction.
Das, a first generation Indian immigrant, decided to write about Indian-American encounters throughout American history.
Early 20th century turbaned tide of Indian agricultural laborers
U.S. Ghadr Party seeking Indian independence from Britain
WWI era Hindu-German conspiracy trial
Transcendentalist comparison of the writings of Walt Whitman and Rabindranath Tagore
Immigration Act of 1965 eliminates quotas and the Pacific Barred Zone
Post-1965 immigration wave of Indian professionals
1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan resulting in U.S. arms negotiations with India and Pakistan
Deepavali, Hindu festival
Indian American subculture in the new millennium
Bhangra music and dance
Indian American response to 9-11
Das' research ended up taking her on a personal journey. The entire odyssey relates to herself Ė where facts and imagination did not create a coherent story - Das substitutes elements of her own life.
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