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Faculty News: Chitra Neogy’s book to be published

Wednesday, Nov 18, 2015

Blood Words / A Warrior Walk
Blood Words / A Warrior Walk

Chitra Neogy’s book Blood Words / A Warrior Walk, a prequel to the film, has been contracted to be published by International Publications Media Group to be released late 2015, early 2016.

“Blood Words / A warrior Walk is like an epic poem. It is the book which leads to the film of the same title, the script of which has already been written. It is about a woman of the elements; she encompasses everything in us and represents our most basic selves. She is complex and simple and is ready to live love and learn at every moment. She is the lives and cries of two separate beings in one. One bound in social structures and set moulds, and the other following her inner guide and her intuitive eye. Blood Words reflects a notion of space and time as perceived through the eyes of a young Indian woman. Through her the nature of dualities inherent in each one of us is explored and interweaves the struggles and textures of two cultures experienced and lived in one individual. She is seen within both cultures and visual and emotional montages in both ambiances reflect the textures and struggles of a warrior woman, an individual, and an artist who follows her call and her Numinosity. She has a startling ability to make you think beyond yourself. She walks on a path that declares us to evolve or dissolve. She is the fallen Apsara, a female spirit of the clouds, who came to earth to give mankind more. She walks with the east and the west and holds the essence of both cultures within her. The theme of the book is inspired by my own background and experiences as a woman-artist from one culture carving and sculpting her life in another culture. And though at times in moments of despair, anguish and pain when part of her looks back and longs to return to safety and warmth of her own culture, like a magnificent bird of flight she rises from the ashes of herself and conquers all nostalgia and sentimentality.”

Some words from a few who have read Blood Words:

“Blood Words is purposeful and poetic. It has become me and filled me with light, I am completely awake. My own energy has changed, to be positive and strong and I have transformed into it and feel it reawakened in me. Blood is invisible in me and yet always present; a spirit guide of harmony, protection, balance and strength. She is me and I am her. Blood is authentic, intimate, and full of strength- it is so important as a young woman to see this experience of self confidence, refusal to compromise or let the selfishness and possessiveness of others get in the way and take you from your path. It is reading an infinite poem that fills one with life and love, beauty and strength. It speaks in many different languages, driving deep into the inner depths of the soul and blossoming there in its many wisdoms. Chitra has given a gift that continues to unfold again and again, awake the self again and again, inspire again and again.”

-Vanessa De Horsey

“If art is life, then here in Blood Words, there is rebirth on every page. Poetry, words that paint with the brush of a child’s mind but filled with the knowledge held in the soul of the world. I have been moved by many forms of art. I have been shaken, I have been disturbed. I’ve been affected. I’ve been impacted. Yet I have never had a piece of art alter the way in which I see life. The way in which I breathe my life. Until now. Until this. What is this? This empowering piece of beauty that leads me to feel…big. The love of the world felt and radiated by her. Exuding from her pores, Pain and hurting too. All feelings intertwining and being felt. None being ignored. This is what I want. I will let myself feel because of this. I will remain open to the pain and pleasures of the world because of this. I will let myself limitlessly create because of this. Art has never been so pure. Beauty has never been so real to me. Captivating and encompassing my soul in each word. These pages held me. They carried me and guided me. They taught me/ teach me where my words the only ones I could form lie. Just teach me. I will always breathe the words of these pages. I want them to always flow through my veins. To constantly remind me and empower me. Forever I will let them flow through me. “

-Cassandra Mull

What is Blood Words?

Oscar Wilde would argue that life imitates art. Most people who walk this golden earth think in a more construed, proper way- that art imitates life, those people would be wrong. The odyssey you are embarking on by reading Blood Words is one that Homer could never even imagine.  Blood Words is a language, a song sung in the forest of a thousand ancient wolf women ancestors and the divine mythology of Hindu gods and goddess.  Marion Woodman, a writer for Nancy Qualls-Corbett and The Sacred Prostitute Eternal Aspect of the Feminine asks the crucial question of “what is it in me that is drawn to the sacred prostitute?” The sacred prostitute, which you will learn about throughout the journey, is one who knows themselves inside and out, one whose spirit and sexuality is intertwined with every essence of their aura. Essentially Woodman is asking what is it in me that is drawn towards the idea of being whole. What will make me whole? What will make me rejoice in my own confidences and solitude and bring back my child’s gaze? What will let me slip in and out of the worlds and make unearthly apparition seem real, realer than the real world? Blood Words is the answer. It is the walk of the sacred prostitute. The bloody words on these pages remind us that our spirituality and sexuality are not separate, but bound together creating the wholeness in us which is our soul. We are given a rebirth to our soul again. It seems like a very simple idea, of course everything that makes up me are one, but this in fact is not how most approach their life and their soul. Instead, we separate and compartmentalize and forget to see the wings on our back that have always been there. Blood Words is a perspective, a contradiction, a human spirit pulsating and breathing through these words. Rainer Maria Rilke’s poetry can be compared to Blood Words as an example of what you are about to embark on. There is not one sentence, letter, period, space in Blood Words that does not bleed creativity, passion, and art and this is what it teaches us, that whatever we do we must do with creativity, passion, and art, we must “drink the swords and arrows on our own” but know that Blood Words is there for us waiting to rejoice us in blossoming garlands as we have now finally been reunited with our soul again, “we are finally awake.”  

-Aria Mickenberg

“art symbolizes the meaning of our existence.” – Andrei Tarkovsky
these words are not symbols or metaphors –
as these would seem foolish –
for this is the natural beauty of a single life –
a life of pride, loss, and art.
the bloody red truth-art –
the unrelenting nakedness.
I am terrified –
because here we learn naked pain,
the great pain of the world,
and the ache of truth.
but I am redeemed
I am redeemed by words.
confident words that know no end,
boundless in their reach,
they go beyond this world.
I feel it in my gut, in those beautiful moments
the ones where the words carve you –
you’re not reading, you’re feeling,
you’re hearing.
it does not begin or end
it wraps around me
suffocated, I am forced to face myself.
blood words are the lines of light,
blood words are the bruises,
the surrender to yourself,
and that climb --
that dirty, stained ascension,
lifting your body in courage,
in spirit,
in art.
we must suffer if we want to fly
blood words soar.

-Matt Leone