Writer in the World Podcast EP. 8: “The Limitations of Language”

The rose takes on a deep, personal symbolic meaning for writer Bhanu Kapil

Bhanu Kapil speaks about growing up amid immigrant voices in North West London, and how she “accidentally” became known for her performances as a way to cross time and space.

“Trying to write a novel as a diasporic writer, I find it quite challenging to write the historiography, the memory, the cardinal flux of a place where I haven’t been for some time. I found myself pausing the process of writing to build installations, performances, that I could be in or walk through [in order to] work out problems in the writing and not only that: inopportune silences.”

Listen to her talk about how her first book was published, her approach to teaching and creating, and how embodiment and pilgrimage is an integral part of individualized expression and art.

What fragments are you using to create your work? What possibilities can you imagine?

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Read more from Bhanu, as well as other faculty, alumni and students from the Goddard MFA in Creative Writing community, at the blog The Writer in the World.

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