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Creating a ‘fine latticework of sentiment and language’, Pramila Venkateswaran’s latest poetry collection, We are Not a Museum, resurrects place and memory to become a powerful sthalapurana for the city of Kochi and the lives of the Jewish peoples in it.
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Bhanu Kapil’s award-winning poetry collection, How to Wash a Heart, argues for our essential and shared vulnerability as a global society, a keener acceptance of our physical, mental and cultural differences, and a more humane and humanistic social discourse, writes poet and scholar Basudhara Roy.
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In these immaculately crafted and powerful, polyphonic poems, Usha Akella issues a rallying cry for all women to unite, resist and fight the violence of the patriarchy.
Read More “Wo(e)manhood and the Architecture of Feminist Solidarity: A Review of Usha Akella’s I Will Not Bear You Sons”
Writer and scholar Basudhara Roy talks to Indian feminist scholar, poet, critic and translator, Sanjukta Dasgupta, about balancing many intellectual pursuits, her various collections of poetry, interacting with and deconstructing poetic canons, the kitchen as laboratory and liberating Lakshmi from patriarchal control.
Read More “Sanjukta Dasgupta in Conversation with Basudhara Roy: ‘Communication and confrontation are both internalized within the creative process’”
Dancing milkmaids surround Krishna, but it’s not the Hindu deity they’re excited to be around. In Basudhara Roy’s gorgeous and erotically tinged poem, bodies undress and dissolve to the music of their own longing.
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In these two fierce feminist poems, Basudhara Roy celebrates the uncompromising brilliance of the Goddess Kali and the blazing light of women past.
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