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Carefully Curated
Author:  Nabanita Kanungo,
Publisher:  Poetrywala
Publication Year:  2018
ISBN-13:  9789382749646
Language:  English
Edition:  1
Binding:  Paperback
Pages:  94
Price:  USD 12



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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. Nandini Dhar 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.                                                                                                                                              Arun Sagar    

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.

Nandini Dhar

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.                                                                                                                                             

Arun Sagar

 

 


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