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MC3
Biswamit Dwibedy


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MC3 is a poetic essay on the temples of the ancient kingdom of Kalinga. The temples are concentrated around Bhubaneswar, in Odisha, the author’s home. A work in progress, MC3 weaves together autobiography, archaeology, and mythology to create an experimental narrative that is as much an exploration of history as it is a reimagination, proposing an alternative that still remains full of potential.
 
AN EXCERPT FROM EP 100
 
With a stone as your witness
 
Watch that lake appear there with this stone as your witness. This is a reflection. At the heart of each stone is a lake, black with black fish swimming in it. A lake or pond is essential to anything living, from a temple to a stone to city. This stone is a living thing. It will not stop growing. You do not survive centuries by being dead.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
BISWAMIT DWIBEDY is the author of Ozalid (1913 Press, 2010), Eirik’s Ocean (Portable Press/Yo-YoLabs, 2016), and Ancient Guest (HarperCollins, 2017), with two books, Hubble Gardener and Erode, forthcoming from Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2018. He is a co-editor of Journal 1913 and the founding editor of Anew Print, an independent press devoted to translations and reissues. Dwibedy has an MFA from Bard College, New York, and lives in India, where he teaches at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology in Bangalore.


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