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This article is taken from PN Review 105, Volume 22 Number 1, September - October 1995.

Sujata Bhatt Ranjana Sidhanta Ash

To locate Sujata Bhatt's poetry in any one category proves difficult as it crosses several boundaries. It can be seen as part of the writing of the South Asian diaspora to the West; it can be read as that written by one of a very small minority of poets who can combine different languages and cultures, East and West; it can be viewed as the poetic expression of a woman committed to and aware of what women are feeling today in many parts of the world.

Sujata Bhatt is one of the second generation of South Asians whose parents migrated to Britain, North America and other countries of the West from the Subcontinent of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Her scientist father went to (he USA from India when she was twelve. She lived there throughout her adolescence and college years; her interest in poetry and experiments with writing it were shaped by her American instructors and professors. She majored in. English and Philosophy and also took Science as a subsidiary subject ending with a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Iowa in the American midwest, an institution renowned for its pioneering Writers Workshop. She has now settled in Bremen with her German husband but is very much part of the British poetry scene. She is invited here several times a year to read her verse, to take part in 'post-colonial' and 'diaspora' literature seminars and women's writing symposia. Her three collections to date: ...

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