Sudeep Adhikari

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Sudeep Adhikari comes from Kathmandu, Nepal

How long have you been writing? I have been writing for nearly 20 years. But I started doing poetry in English when I went to United States in 2008 for my higher studies. I started publishing in small presses in late 2015.

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer? Maybe an ability to say things which are unsayable, and also a haughtiness to say things which are better left unsaid, but saying it anyway.

What projects of yours have been recently published? My poetry-volume “The Art of Changing Nothing to Punk Gigs” was released by Alien Buddha Press USA in July 2017. I was also one of the contributors of an international anthology named “Resurrection of a Sunflower“, published by Pski’s Porch Publishing USA in May 2017, and curated by Catfish McDaris, a prolific contemporary American beat poet. During the same time, my poems have appeared in many venues such as Silver Birch Press, Beatnik Cowboys, Chiron Review, The Ekphrastic Review, Midnight Lane Boutique, Occulum, Zombie Logic Review, Blue Mountain Review, Better than Starbucks !, Rusty Truck, The Bees Are Dead, Eunoia Review etc.

What are you currently working on and what inspired this work? I am currently working on a poetry manuscript titled “zen of tripping zeroes“, scheduled to be published early 2018. When talking of inspirations, I generally fall short of words. Inspiration is a very vague term, and it is highly non-linear. It is not easy to trace your work to some singularly concrete category or a single person or a particular view. But to avoid digression, I can safely say that it is more or less inspired by my realization that the world we live in is a meaningless one. And this realization, rather than pushing me down into a nihilistic limbo, gives me a different sense of freedom and a child-like outlook to survive in a cold indifferent cosmos.

Where can we find your work? I publish my works in small presses on regular basis. I can be found pretty easily on Google. Let me check. Yup, I am there. And if you like to have a look at my latest book, here is the Amazon’s link:

https://www.amazon.com/Art-Changing-Nothing-Punk-Gigs/dp/1973927314/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1510724310&sr=1-1&keywords=sudeep+adhikari

I post my publications on my personal facebook account too. Find me here:

https://www.facebook.com/sudip.adhikari.750

How do you react to rejections? Rejection is a lesson. It makes you explore more about your writing, and the right forums you need to send your works to get published. But on a different day, I may just go punch myself on face too. And one thing I recently noticed; when my poem is rejected by three magazines in a row, I have a tendency to sweat a bit and curse inaudibly.

How do you react when one of your submissions is accepted for publication? It is a great feeling. It enlivens the kid inside me.

What is your best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer? Reading a lot is a must. Not only the legendary dead poets, but also never-heard-of magical writers whom you can find many on small presses. Another thing is to write regularly, and be fairly acquainted with contemporary pop-culture, so you don’t get hopelessly lost in Whitmans, Bukowskis and Plaths. As a writer, we need to keep pace with the rapidly changing aesthetics of our time. Another thing is not to get too entangled in the rhetoric of poetics/literature. More we develop an idea about writing or literature, more we tend to get dogmatic, caught in our own cocoon construct. If you are a writer, you need to stop defending your style, your sensibilities and your personal sense of aesthetics. All you need to do is to write, and publish. This is what writers do, isn’t it? I am sorry if this is too much of a preaching, but this is how I survive personally.

What is your favorite book? Now this is tough. I read a lot and it is very difficult for me to pick a single book. I will name three if you don’t mind i) “Savitri” by Sri Aurobindo, an Indian mystic/poet ii) “Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus” by Ludwig Wittgenstein, an Austrian philosopher iii) ” “Mūlamadhyamakakārikā” by Arya Nagarjuna, an Indian philosopher

Who is your favorite author? Allen Ginsberg and Laxmi Prasad Devkota (a Nepali poet) have always been my favorites. But I equally admire many contemporary authors; Kushal Poddar, Steven Klepetar, Debasis Mukhopadhyay, Catfish McDaris, Ryan Quinn Flanagan to name the few.

If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why? I have not read fiction for like 15 years now, so this is a tough one. But hell I would go bowling with Jeff Lebowski! I dig his laid-back minimalism. Dude is incredibly cool.

What makes you laugh? Dark-humor is sexy. Humor that reaches deep down into our existential fuckery, our continual struggle with the void, our lingering sense of despair, and anxieties that never end like a bad movie. And yes, them dank memes on internet, and Onion News.

What makes you cry? I am easily sensitized by animals and always feel extremely apologetic as a human to entire animate world. Fox news, Donald Trump, changing my kid’s diaper and inspirational quotes on internet have also made me cry sometimes.

What is your preferred drink while you write? I wish I had that comfort! But beer of course, if i have to make a choice. If you do not know, here is the list of 10 greatest inventions by humanity which are worth mentioning here : 1) Wheel 2) Fire 3) Computer 4) Internet 5) Beer 6) Beer 7) Beer 8) Beer 9) More Beer 10) A Lot More Beer.

What is your favorite food? I am not very well informed of foods. Whatever is served when I am hungry is good for me. Apart from Nepali, I have a little bent for Chinese, Mexican and Italian. Since I am a vegetarian, I always run on limited options.

Shakespeare or Bukowski? Different space-time, hence totally different aesthetics. Therefore it is a very hard comparison. But if it were between Cohen or Bukowski, I would take a bit of both.