Rupsa Banerjee - Bracing Warmth

Veer2 Publication 013 [ISBN: 978-1-911567-32-5] 17x14cm size. 32 pages.
November 2021.
£4.00 (+ postage and packing)

"Rupsa Banerjee’s music is so much her own: ‘Aloe-dabbed rash, light-stayed / nadir’, a dance of consonants released into resolving vowel. Her lines race through seemingly disconnected words and images, fleetingly evoking some cohering event or subject. These stanzas remember conventional form – ‘Recipe’ and ‘Sonnets on Places’, arias on the genre. Histories of imperialism are implicit in many of these poems, tangentially. The subject here is how a ponderous past has borne down into our language, ‘unyielding words find themselves into trading / dictionaries’. And then, so much more, above and beyond. Here are monsoons and markets and bhitti (the ‘foundation of logic and the bedrock of a house’) and family and persistent attention to language as life. Read, and mark.."

- Nigel Wheale

This is part of a series of works organised by Robert Kiely for Veer2, produced and published jointly in the University of Surrey and the CPRC, Birkbeck College.

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