Bhuchung D Sonam

Bhuchung D Sonam is the author of several books, including Yak Horns: Notes on Contemporary Tibetan Writing, Music, Film & Politics and Songs of the Arrow. He has edited Muses in Exile: An Anthology of Tibetan Poetry, and compiled and translated Burning the Sun’s Braids: New Poetry from Tibet.

Bhuchung writes at His writings are also published in the Journal of Indian Literature, HIMAL Southasian, Hindustan Times and Tibetan Review, among others.

His permanent address was stolen.

Bhuchung D Sonam on TibetWrites

Poetry [22]

  • The Red Forehead ‘Why is his blood so hot?’ they ask / And I tell them — / you were orphaned 18 February 2021
  • ? ? ? You see him walking / Walking… not crawling yet / His head slightly bowed 8 January 2008
  • 1000th Day in Drapchi Solitary Confinement If you only drag me out / I’ll accept all your accusations / And sign the confession documents. 26 December 2007
  • A Dance A lone yellow leaf / nods on a brown branch / a soulful scene, / wind blows 26 December 2007
  • A Form of Nonsense Dialogue Have you filled the forms? / Yes I did … / Birth form Créche form School form Examination form. 20 December 2007
  • A Song from a Distance My body is trapped in a heated room. / Light shines from the ceiling. / A leather sofa invites me 24 November 2008,
  • Bookmarks Coloured threads, thin plastics / Strips of paper with myriad quotes, / Diamond crusted silver butterfly 26 December 2007
  • Dandelions of Tibet They were in full foliage / The dandelions of Tibet, / When the hail stormed 26 December 2007
  • Dandelions in Debris I am just a tiny one / All I wanted was to play / Hide-and-seek 16 April 2010
  • Dylan, Me and Robin Hood On the Friendship road / We travel writing a note / Dylan, me and Robin Hood, 26 December 2007
  • Gendun Choephel Wailing from Nangtse Shar Prison Loose… gone down / Crack… pulled out / Madness… forced upon me 26 December 2007
  • Haiku Whistling of wind / Messages from beyond / I fail to decipher 13 October 2008
  • I Am I am what I am / One for all / All for none, / An empty crevice 26 December 2007
  • I am a Dog I am a dog / A Tibetan dog from Kyegu / A few days before the earth shook 14 May 2010
  • I Will Not Die The bright yellow sun has / Set behind the Freedom Hill / Now I cannot put my faith in / This dark and violent storm 1 November 2009
  • In Exile An old man below a weeping willow / Hears the wind whipping / The leafless branches / Hanging down 30 June 2008
  • Lone-1 World, so full of people / Each one lonely within, / Strives to find that SOMEONE 26 December 2007
  • Losar We should celebrate Losar / Some say … / To open a new chapter / Be Tibetan, 6 February 2010
  • Predictable Atop a trestle table / A Chinese man lays out / Four skinned dogs, / All equal sizes but one has 22 April 2020
  • Red Forehead Why is his blood so hot? They ask, / And I tell them — / That you were orphaned by circumstances 23 February 2008
  • Song of an Old Tibetan I sing for all things dead and alive / For all things moving and still / For all moms who cry for their far away sons, 26 December 2007
  • Time’s Treachery O Tibet, for millennia you stood alone and aloof / Locked yourself in the embrace / of cold mountain corners 26 December 2007

Articles [15]

  • Articulation and More Articulate young activists are at the forefront in our struggle to skilfully stand up to the tyrannies of occupation with fortitude and honour. 7 June 2010
  • Banned Lyrics, Reactionary Songs No matter how harshly Beijing imposes its crackdown on Tibetan lyrics, songs will be sung and music will flow from occupied Tibet. 26 July 2010
  • Change Change Change For any Tibetan who sees only familiar characters for the post of the next prime minister, — open up your universe a little more. 4 February 2010
  • Dalai Lama as a Slave Owner Despite its economic growth, today’s China is no fairer than the serfdom that Beijing is loudly shouting about. 20 November 2009
  • Dear Brothers and Sisters Take care and make sure that Rangzen is not killed. 31 October 2008
  • Freedom of Tongue Tibetan people’s way of life and their outlook towards the world is inextricably linked with Buddhism, which in turn is firmly linked with Tibetan language. 9 November 2010
  • Hu’s menacing dogs are they? The bleak scenario in China, perhaps, is an opportunity for the Tibetans to renew their passion, 20 December 2011
  • Jasmine is “inharmonious” The Jasmine rallies are likely to spread to other large cities. Popular protest, it seems, has finally reached the shores of China. 10 March 2011
  • Must we Love the Party? Whatever reasoning compelled the prime minister to make this statement, it has stretched the Middle Way policy to an extent where it makes absolutely no sense. 13 May 2013
  • New Man Same Chair The fundamental question that Beijing fails to understand is that negotiation — and not suppression — will solve the issue of Tibet. 19 January 2010
  • Ngabo — Yes Tibetan, No Patriot To call Ngabo a patriot and to put him on the same pedestal as the Great Thirteenth is a historical error. 26 December 2009
  • Of Exile, Youth and Writing The literary works of young exile Tibetans are a raw and unpolished burst of energy that springs from their deeply wounded souls. 27 December 2007
  • The Dalai Lama Will Retire His Holiness simply wants to be one among the Tibetans and continue to serve the cause of Tibet. 15 March 2011
  • The Young Ones The new flowers that bloom will find wisdom in the words of these people… and through words their names will be remembered and honoured. 27 December 2007
  • Vital Lessons from Urgent Times The biggest lesson we can learn from witnessing these furious global uprisings for justice and equality is for us to have an organized resistance that can provide a clear vision and strategic direction. 2 February 2011

Stories [1]

  • News of Deaths from Far Away Death does not need a licence to announce itself. It is an independent agent answerable to our karma alone. 27 December 2007

Interviews [1]

Reviews [9]

  • Bread and Freedom Review of KORA: stories and poems by Tenzin Tsundue.
    Our final kora will be complete when we return to a ’free’ homeland after years of roaming in foreign jungles.
    20 December 2007
  • A Diamond in the Dust Review of film Acho Namgyal: Shey Kyi Jinpa directed by Sonam Tashi and Eric Henningsen.
    Shey Kyi Jinpa constitutes both a timely and, hopefully, restorative vehicle – offering the possibility of a renaissance of interest in Nangma, and the birth of a new generation of Tibetan musicians.
    1 July 2010
  • Freedom Shower Review of Tomorrow & Other Poems by Lhasang Tsering.
    The issue of Tibet is a remnant of the Great Game.
    9 March 2006
  • Green is In… Red is Out Review of Tibetan Medical Dietary Book (Vol. 1) by Dr. Yangbum Gyal.
    The essence of this book lies in its relevance in everyday life — making the ancient wisdom available to the modern world.
    9 December 2006
  • “I will carry the sky” Review of A Home in Tibet by Tsering Wangmo Dhompa
    Interpretations of our reality by outsiders telling fantastic tales have turned us into a mono-coloured one-size-fits-all single commodity.
    3 October 2013
  • Music in Exile Review by Tsering N Khortsa of Bhuchung’s Muses in Exile: An Anthology of Tibetan Poetry.
    Nearly thirty writers feature in the book; all deal with the idea of exile, the anguish of dislocation, and the longing for their homeland.
    16 February 2005
  • Struggle, Struggle Review of Free Tibet by Pramod Wadnerkar.
    Tibet has always enchanted travellers, writers, soul seekers, missionaries and adventurers since ancient times.
    17 January 2010
  • Yak Horns and Yellow Stars Review of Like Gold that Fears no Fire: New Writing From Tibet by ICT.
    A thoroughly inspiring compilation of current writing by Tibetans. It comes at the right time with the right message.
    21 November 2009
  • Yak Ride to Bike Ride Review of Tsampa to Pizza, a 45-minute film by Sonam Tsetan.
    A Tibetan-oriented film and needs to be watched by all of our people, especially the old and doubtful ones.
    27 December 2007


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