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Australian Chris Mooney-Singh is comfortable in North India, where The Bearded Chameleon is set. This is a colourful life canvas seen through the rare insight of a foreigner who has absorbed the cultural nuances of India over two decades - urban and pastoral, personal and societal. These are not 'travel poems.' Rooted within Punjabi Indian villages and the excitement of big cities like Delhi and Mumbai they reveal a poet sensitive to the sometimes sadly ludicrous nature of the sub-continent's human stories. A convert to Sikhism who has worn a beard and turban since 1989, Mooney-Singh has an ear finely-tuned for Indian speech.

The first part of The Bearded Chameleon opens with personal lyric poems depicting the poet's love for and the death of his Australian wife. "...why have I been detained among / the iron gods? / I drink milk and sorrow / from tumblers of steel..." Part two depicts intimate family portraits, business people, sketches of the rich and the poor and interior monologues of characters such as the tragic Mrs Pritima Devi. [From the publisher]

Notes

  • The book is arranged in three numbered sections. The first has the dedication: In memory of Peggy Kaur. The third bears the dedication: For Savinder.
  • A photo-montage introduction to the book can be viewed at http://animoto.com/play/22qBhlF31Hqq4P0Uib0m7w

Contents

* Contents derived from the Fitzroy North, Fitzroy - Collingwood area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,:
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Black Pepper ,Red Wheelbarrow Books , 2011 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Punjab Pastorali"I cannot hear the mermaid singing here", Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 single work poetry (p. 3-4)
Casualty (after Federico Garcia Lorca)i"At 8 in the morning,", Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 single work poetry (p. 5-6)
After the Taxi Haltedi"I was helpless, a passenger", Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 single work poetry (p. 7)
Steel Kissi"'Stainless steel,' we say, long-lasting", Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 single work poetry (p. 8)
Pink Silk from Punjabi"I'm still dreaming pink silk from Punjab.", Chris Mooney-Singh , 1992 single work poetry (p. 9)
Gonei"Perhaps I did not listen", Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 single work poetry (p. 10-11)
Night Owli"The night owl still perches here above", Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 single work poetry (p. 12)
In Memory of the One Who Can't Be Seeni"Tongue, go enter an ashram, a monastery", Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 single work poetry (p. 13)
A Punjabi Leda and the Swani"I saw a swan-man holding down a woman,", Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 single work poetry (p. 14-15)
My Falleni"These last photos I don't have:", Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 single work poetry (p. 16-17)
Abstract Studies with Monsoon Greeni"The days of humid blindness are upon us,", Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 single work poetry (p. 18-19)
The Bearded Chameleoni"A sci-fi thing, you shoot a tongue", Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 single work poetry (p. 20-24)
Aubade with Marshlandi"Ink is light. Remember it.", Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 single work poetry (p. 25)
A Meditation at Sukhna Lakei"Accept you have no inkling of the power", Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 single work poetry (p. 26)
Apartment of a Bombay Millionairei"Sir, you have wide windows, facing West", Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 single work poetry (p. 29-30)
Familiesi"Families of Dravidians inter-married with Aryans,", Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 single work poetry (p. 31-32)
Another Bhagwanpuri"A country village stuck in the buffalo mud", Chris Mooney-Singh , 2003 single work poetry (p. 33)
To the Dalitsi"Sri Ramaseems quite deaf,", Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 single work poetry (p. 34-37)
Indian-Made Foreign Liquori"Outside the liquor shop,", Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 single work poetry (p. 38-39)
Indian Cityi"satellite dishes on a temple sky-line", Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 single work poetry (p. 40)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Beyond 'A Cultural Look and See' : Chris Mooney-Singh's The Bearded Chameleon Sam Byfield , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Cha : An Asian Literary Journal , September no. 18 2012;

— Review of The Bearded Chameleon Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 selected work poetry
Picture-Perfect David Fedo , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Quarterly Literary Review Singapore , April vol. 11 no. 2 2012;

— Review of The Bearded Chameleon Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 selected work poetry
Australian Poetry 2011-2012 Judith Beveridge , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , July vol. 57 no. 1 2012; (p. 30-46)

— Review of Amphora Joanne Burns , 2011 selected work poetry ; Edge Music Stuart Cooke , 2011 selected work poetry ; Linen Tough as History Julie Chevalier , 2012 selected work poetry ; Error Elizabeth Campbell , 2011 selected work poetry ; Night Birds Michelle Cahill , 2010 single work poetry ; Vishvarūpa Michelle Cahill , 2011 selected work poetry ; The Brokenness Sonnets I-III and Other Poems Mal McKimmie , 2011 selected work poetry ; Outside David McCooey , 2011 selected work poetry ; The Welfare of My Enemy Anthony Lawrence , 2011 single work poetry ; This Woman Adrienne Eberhard , 2011 selected work poetry ; Electricity For Beginners Michelle Dicinoski , 2011 selected work poetry ; Interferon Psalms : 33 Psalms on the 99 Names of God Luke Davies , 2011 selected work poetry ; Keeping Carter M. A. Carter , 2012 selected work poetry ; The Keeper of Fish Alan Fish , 2011 selected work poetry ; A Sudden Sentence in the Air : Jazz Poems Geoff Page , 2011 selected work poetry ; Concrete Tuesday David Musgrave , 2011 selected work poetry ; The Bearded Chameleon Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 selected work poetry ; Southern Barbarians John Mateer , 2009 selected work poetry ; The Yellow Gum's Conversion Simon West , 2011 selected work poetry ; Four Refrains John Watson , 2011 selected work poetry ; Surface to Air Jaya Savige , 2011 selected work poetry ; Knuckled Fiona Wright , 2011 selected work poetry
Philton Reviews The Bearded Chameleon by Chris Mooney-Singh Philton , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , June no. 11 2012;

— Review of The Bearded Chameleon Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 selected work poetry
Empathy for Other Times Geoff Page , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 21 January 2012; (p. 26)

— Review of The Bearded Chameleon Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 selected work poetry
[Review] Amphora [and] The Bearded Chameleon Lindy Warrell , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Wet Ink , no. 25 2011; (p. 66)

— Review of Amphora Joanne Burns , 2011 selected work poetry ; The Bearded Chameleon Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 selected work poetry
Empathy for Other Times Geoff Page , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 21 January 2012; (p. 26)

— Review of The Bearded Chameleon Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 selected work poetry
Philton Reviews The Bearded Chameleon by Chris Mooney-Singh Philton , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , June no. 11 2012;

— Review of The Bearded Chameleon Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 selected work poetry
Australian Poetry 2011-2012 Judith Beveridge , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , July vol. 57 no. 1 2012; (p. 30-46)

— Review of Amphora Joanne Burns , 2011 selected work poetry ; Edge Music Stuart Cooke , 2011 selected work poetry ; Linen Tough as History Julie Chevalier , 2012 selected work poetry ; Error Elizabeth Campbell , 2011 selected work poetry ; Night Birds Michelle Cahill , 2010 single work poetry ; Vishvarūpa Michelle Cahill , 2011 selected work poetry ; The Brokenness Sonnets I-III and Other Poems Mal McKimmie , 2011 selected work poetry ; Outside David McCooey , 2011 selected work poetry ; The Welfare of My Enemy Anthony Lawrence , 2011 single work poetry ; This Woman Adrienne Eberhard , 2011 selected work poetry ; Electricity For Beginners Michelle Dicinoski , 2011 selected work poetry ; Interferon Psalms : 33 Psalms on the 99 Names of God Luke Davies , 2011 selected work poetry ; Keeping Carter M. A. Carter , 2012 selected work poetry ; The Keeper of Fish Alan Fish , 2011 selected work poetry ; A Sudden Sentence in the Air : Jazz Poems Geoff Page , 2011 selected work poetry ; Concrete Tuesday David Musgrave , 2011 selected work poetry ; The Bearded Chameleon Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 selected work poetry ; Southern Barbarians John Mateer , 2009 selected work poetry ; The Yellow Gum's Conversion Simon West , 2011 selected work poetry ; Four Refrains John Watson , 2011 selected work poetry ; Surface to Air Jaya Savige , 2011 selected work poetry ; Knuckled Fiona Wright , 2011 selected work poetry
Picture-Perfect David Fedo , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Quarterly Literary Review Singapore , April vol. 11 no. 2 2012;

— Review of The Bearded Chameleon Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 selected work poetry
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