India Radfar

 

India Radfar lives in Los Angeles and has four published books of poetry: India Poem, (Pir Press 2002), the desire to meet with the beautiful, (Tender Buttons Press 2003), Breathe (Shivastan Publications 2004), and most recently Position & Relation (Station Hill/ Barrytown Books 2009); plus the chapbook 12 Poems That Were Never Written, (Mindmade Books 2006).  She teaches for California Poets-in-the-Schools, Writegirl, The Creative Minds Project at UCLA, and she is in the process of becoming a Certified Applied Poetry Facilitator with the International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy.  She is currently looking for an agent for her narrative nonfiction book, Saving Our Tongue:  Speaking Aramaic in the Modern World.

 

 

you can store your words 
like honey in the comb

 

-India Radfar

 

 

The first half of the desire to meet with the beautiful, "Mirza's Cave," was written in India in 1994 and precedes the writing of "India PoemPoetry. The first half of the desire to meet with the beautiful, "Mirza's Cave," was written in India in 1994 and precedes the writing of "India Poem." It shows an interest in the use of sacred texts and in the practice of oral transmission from teacher to students. The book's second half, "Paper Sea," completed in 2002, describes a nearly twenty year commitment to the Greek island of Paros and begins an exploration into the early cultural contacts between ancient Greece and ancient India." It shows an interest in the use of sacred texts and in the practice of oral transmission from teacher to students. The book's second half, "Paper Sea," completed in 2002, describes a nearly twenty year commitment to the Greek island of Paros and begins an exploration into the early cultural contacts between ancient Greece and ancient India. 


 

“India Radfar’s the desire to meet with the beautiful collects two works, “Mirza’s Cave,” and “Paper Sea.” While they are different from each other in many respects, they’re both moving with their powerful ability to distill language language and thought to their very essence. Enthusiastic and playful, she is in love with her life, the world, and the reader. With lines such as “I can’t be alone unless I sleep” or “Come lift me a little,” Radfar strikes at the very heart of the matter with a simplicity and power that puts us all to shame.”  

—Anne Tardos

 

“India, etymologically derived from indigo, a perfectly beautiful color. These poems whorl & burrow, birds & sea creatures, words to be eaten by humans.”

—Bernadette Mayer

 

 

First editions of the desire to meet with the beautiful are available at Small Press Distribution

 

desire to meet with the beautiful will be republished in the forthcoming

T E N D E R   O M N I B U S

The First 25 Years of Tender Buttons Press