Author: Priscila Uppal

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Book:Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother

Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother

Priscila Uppal

In 1977, Priscila Uppal’s father swallowed contaminated water in Antigua, and within 48 hours was a quadriplegic. Priscila was two years old. Five years later, her mother, Theresa, drained the bank accounts, including those of her two children, and disappeared to Brazil. After attempting to abduct her children twice, Priscila’s mother had no further contact with the family.

Twenty years later, Priscila happened upon the website of a well-known Brazilian film critic, who turned out to be her estranged mother and, a few weeks later, she summoned the nerve to contact the woman who’d abandoned her as a child. After a few awkward phone calls and e-mails, a trip was arranged.

Projection is the story of this mother-daughter meeting in the exotic country of Brazil; of how two strangers spent ten days together trying to build a relationship, connected only by blood and a love of the movies. Their intensely emotional…[more]

Book:Ontological Necessities

Ontological Necessities

Priscila Uppal

Written with the verve of the uninhibited artist but with a clarity of thought and expression more akin to the scientist or scholar, these poems investigate the emotional and philosophical struggles of contemporary life. Often sparked by the horrors depicted in today’s news, the poems combine surrealist images with spare and lyrical language to grapple with an increasingly absurd world. The most ambitious piece in the collection is a radical, post-9/11 translation of the Anglo-Saxon elegy The Wanderer, and other poems include “Don Quixote, You Sure Can Take One Helluva Beating,” “Film Version of My Hatred,” “Never Held a Gun,” and “The Romantic Impulse Hits the Schoolyard.”

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