Bhuchung D Sonam is the author of four books, including Yak Horns: Notes on Contemporary Tibetan writing, Music, Film & Politics and Songs of the Arrow. His writings were published in HIMAL Southasian, Journal of India Literature and Tibetan Review, among others.
Writing under dictatorship is perilous. Writers must find ways to sneak through State censorship’s secateurs or face harassment, torture and imprisonment. It is under such circumstances that writers in Tibet voice their despair, loss and hope in this collection of poems translated into English for the first time. Cryptic, metaphoric, ambiguous or brutally straightforward, these verses resonate with people’s resentment and defiance as well as speak to the violence – both visible and invisible – that they undergo everyday under occupation.