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Author

Nabanita Kanungo

Imprint

Poetrywala

Publication Year

2018

Language

English

Edition

1

Binding

Paperback

Pages

94

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ISBN-13 : 9789382749646
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About the book

Nabanita Kanungo’s collection is simultaneously an elegy and a victory song. A documentation of the heartbreaks that have plagued our subcontinent for the past century or so, her poems re-define the lyric form, chronicling the unfolding of a personal self framed by larger political events. Here, history appears as a long, continuous saga of violence, in which Partition memories remain juxtaposed within the everyday lived realities and violences of neoliberal Indian cities. With this collection, Kanungo provides a ghostly account of quotidian survival?stories that remain forever out of official histories?and re-defines the meaning of Anglophone India political poetry of contemporary times.Nabanita Kanungo’s poems ache with an awareness of how poetry cannot truly evoke anything but absence, of how ‘It rains and words say nothing’; ‘Only memory is green’. In this tragedy, Kanungo finds the only solace available to the poet: a luminous quality in the every day, the ‘Mirror where things are simply written with light’. These poems work in the liminal spaces of the world and of the self, between the present moment and its turning into memory, between words and rain.

About the author

Nabanita Kanungo's first book, A Map of Ruins, was published by Sahitya Akademi in 2014. Her poems have appeared in Caravan, Planet (The Welsh Internationalist), Prairie Schooner, ELSEWHERE LIT, The Missing Slate, VAYAVYA, and The Bombay Literary Magazine, among others. Her work has also been anthologised in Ten: The New Indian Poets (Nirala Publications, 2013), Gossamer (Kindle Magazine, 2015) and 40 under 40 (Poetrywala, 2016). She lives in Shillong and divides her time (unsuccessfully), between geography and poetry.

About the author

Nabanita Kanungo's first book, A Map of Ruins, was published by Sahitya Akademi in 2014. Her poems have appeared in Caravan, Planet (The Welsh Internationalist), Prairie Schooner, ELSEWHERE LIT, The Missing Slate, VAYAVYA, and The Bombay Literary Magazine, among others. Her work has also been anthologised in Ten: The New Indian Poets (Nirala Publications, 2013), Gossamer (Kindle Magazine, 2015) and 40 under 40 (Poetrywala, 2016). She lives in Shillong and divides her time (unsuccessfully), between geography and poetry.

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