I'm Not a Poet But I Write Poetry: Poems from My Autistic Mind

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Xlibris Corporation, 2012 - Poetry - 74 pages
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Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay, a leading poet (though he does not acknowledge it) and memoirist of the experience of autism, was born in India in 1988. Tito was diagnosed with severe autism at the age of three, but his mother Soma, with fi erce hope and determination, devised an intensive rapid prompting method to teach Tito to read and write. In 2001, Tito and his mother came to the United States to begin work collaborating with doctors, re-searchers, and advocates in order to better understand and support individuals with autism. At a very early age, Tito began expressing himself in prose and poetry and numerous collections of his work have been published (see below). More recently, Tito has become a leading fi gure in the neurodiversity movement, challenging conventional measures of mental states and abilities. As Tito describes himself: "Human beings have classifi ed each other based on religion, country, disorders and of course in today's world their sexual choices. It is easy to recognize each other based on classifi cation. Hence, doctors have classifi ed me with Autism." Tito's life and work have been featured widely in the media, including "Sixty Minutes","Good Morning America," The New York Times, Scientifi c American, National Geographic, PBS, CNN, Disability Studies Quarterly and in the documentaries Tito's Story (BBC, 1999) and A Mother's Courage (HBO, 2010) Tito now lives in Austin, Texas, where his mother directs the autism organization HALO http://www.halo-soma.org and Tito and his mother make frequent presentations to autism education and advocacy organizations nationwide.
 

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Contents

Smooth Sky
9
Orange
10
Substance
11
Its Thoughts Returned
13
White
16
There was Nothing   
17
Silent Sky
18
Morning of June
20
Those Birds
41
The Sunset Hour
43
Misfit
44
Over
45
The Third Day of June
46
Red
47
Todays Fog
48
Every time
49

A House Sunflowers and I
21
A Night with the Moon
22
Manhattan
24
No One Heard But I
27
He Flew the Sun up High
28
Distance
29
Windy Sunday
30
Memory
31
Clouds filled the sky
33
Morning Star Fading
34
Those Boys in the City Slum
35
Jasmines
37
A Simple Cup
38
Half
50
The TeaStall
51
Distance You Walked to me
53
I saw herI think
54
Categorizing
56
It Could Be All Untrue
57
I Saw the Color of Darkness
58
Anywhere
59
Pantoum of A Night
60
Sometimes He Sat in a Shadow
63
Clouds
64
Mutilated Spirit
65
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About the author (2012)

Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay was diagnosed in early childhood with severe or low functioning non-verbal autism. He communicates primarily through writing and has learned to develop his reading, writing, and thinking abilities. The national organization Autism Speaks sponsored Tito and his mother, Soma, to come to the United States so he could participate in scientific trials. Tito is now an accomplished writer. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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