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Word Masala FoundationBy Word Masala Foundation
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Word Masala FoundationBy Word Masala Foundation
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£185
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About

Who We are 

We are a non-profit Word Masala Foundation supported by Skylark Publications UK with the website at www.skylarkpublications.co.uk with extensive details on our work, awards, successes of events at the House of Lords, and details about poets available through various pages. 

Why this Book

The poems in this collection are not about the factual observations.Whales can allow us to juxtapose their world with ours through the poetic eyes, allowing an inventive experience that can manifest into human sentiments. This creates a fresh universe with the whale at its centre, be it as a migrant, lost child, mother watching the child butchered; in the afterlife, in yoga; or mocking academics and politicians, or creating a new context for the science of earwax; as well as dragging us into wars. The whale’s world here offers us the chance to confront religions, the inhumanity of wars and the challenges we face in normal life. It also plays with a guilt the humankind feels about killing it followed by an offering of worships, temples and the shenanigan recorded as stone tablets. In the process, it mocks, laughs, cries, plays, wishes, falls, jumps to stars and swims in the borderless waters we do not recognise as named seas. Call it a humanisation. To humanise animals is a risky business, but poetry and all art forms are the articulations of the aspects of humanity step away from the everyday dull communication. Ted Hughes advised once that, to write about the animals, you need to see things from their perspective. This poem takes a challenge aboard with whales. 

Its humanisation or dehumanisation is a frontier and not a prescription in this collection. It is a journey, but not a destination. Whales in these poems take readers through the humanisation but they do not sabotage the perceptions of wilderness. 

Further Reading

You can read Yogesh's five Whale poems published by Muse India at 

http://www.museindia.com/viewarticle.asp?myr=2015&issid=61&id=5752

Example of his other work at http://www.museindia.com/viewarticle.asp?myr=2015&issid=61&id=5728

About his recent award at Confluence

http://www.confluence.mobi/blog/vatayan-poetry-awards-for-madhu-chaturvedi-yogesh-patel-and-kunwar-bechain/

Why Fund this Project 

There is a great apathy and virtually no support for the South-Asian poets from the establishments in the publishing world, media or the British and American magazines. The Word Masala Foundation seeks to show that it is not due to the lack of talent. You will not only be supporting this ethos with extra funds raised but also will help conservation projects because 10% of its net fundraising will be distributed to whale conservation projects. With the two books offer, which we highly recommend, you will help further. If we do raise more, than please be assured the Foundation will fund competitions and awards. 

'There They Blow'

The request is based on committing 100 copies as a pre-sale at £8 X2 to include our second collection by the award-winning emerging poet and novelist Mona Dash+ £2PP=£1600+£200 P&P 

After the costs, including royalties, all net funds will go to fund future activities by our NON-PROFIT Foundation, so we will remain in your debt for your support. Your extra generous support, if forthcoming, would mean that it will allow us a production of  a new Whale poetry film.

What will the Book Look Like? 

Our format of books is usually in A5 size with about 60 pages, perfect bound. The blurb will include comments from established poets and helpful publishers. If crowdfunding comes from some (LET US HOPE) well-known poet, artist, actor or public figure, we will invite them to comment. With your pledge, you will restore our faith further in the belief that art is inclusive of all. It will allow us to carry on with more work. 

THAN YOU.

Risks and challenges

Risks and Challenges

We do not expect any problems as any unexpected costs and research costs will be met with the personal funding. Printers are also already sourced. Reviews are also lined up. We will have to establish contacts with Whale conservation groups, blogs and institutions to develop the marketing ideas. A slow and a long process, but will happen eventually.

As the books WILL be published if the fund is raised, there is no risk whatsoever delivering our pledge of publication.

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    Two books crowdfunded

    A Certain Way by Mona Dash corwdfunded with this book saving £2. Order in multiples of needed more. Your name will be listed on an acknowledgement page in both books.

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    Free Word Masala Award Winners 2015

    You will receive a free poetry anthology featuring amazing South-Asian poets who received the Word Masala Award at the House of Lords. Add extra postage as indicated.

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    6 copies each of three books

    You will receive 6 copies of Whale, 6 copies of A Certain Way and 6 copies of Word Masala Award Winners 2015, plus special acknowledgement in Whale and A Certain Way.

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    You will receive five copies of a special edition with the extra page of dedication to be agreed with us. You will also receive 10 copies of three books mentioned earlier. You will be invited to attend and launch one of our books at the future event. You will also receive a sofa cushion with a poem.

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