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Echo in Four Beats

Echo in Four Beats

by Rita Banerjee
Echo in Four Beats

Echo in Four Beats

by Rita Banerjee


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ISBN-13: 9781635344073
Publisher: Finishing Line Press
Publication date: 03/09/2018
Pages: 90
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.22(d)

About the Author

Rita Banerjee is the editor of CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing (C&R Press, May 2018) and the author of the poetry collection Echo in Four Beats (Finishing Line Press, March 2018), which was a finalist for the Red Hen Press Benjamin Saltman Award, Three Mile Harbor Poetry Prize, and Aquarius Press / Willow Books Literature Award, the novella "A Night with Kali" in Approaching Footsteps (Spider Road Press, 2016), and the poetry chapbook Cracklers at Night (Finishing Line Press, 2010). She earned her doctorate in Comparative Literature from Harvard and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, and her work appears in the Academy of American Poets, Poets & Writers, Nat. Brut., The Rumpus, The Scofield, Hyphen Magazine, Electric Literature, Painted Bride Quarterly, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She is the Executive Creative Director of the Cambridge Writers' Workshop and an Associate Scholar of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, and teaches on modernism, art-house film, and South Asian literary theory at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in Germany. She is the judge for the 2017 Minerva Rising "Dare to Speak" Poetry Chapbook Contest, and she is currently working on a novel about a Tamil-Jewish American family in crisis during a post-authoritarian regime, a book on South Asian literary modernisms, a documentary film about race and intimacy in the United States and in France, and a collection of essays on race, sex, politics, and everything cool.

Table of Contents


The moon had jackknifed, 1

The Figure 2

At Bougival 3

Creation Hymn I 4

Pygmalion & The Slippers 5-7

Currency 8

America Ode 9-11

Please Listen and Do Not Return 12-15

Chicago Ode 16-17

For all that glitters 18

Thanatos 19

The Suicide Rag 20-21

Georgia Brown 22

Birds on Blue 23-24

Creation Hymn II 25


Atlantis 29

Ilha Formosa 30

Sleep 31

Sustenance Hymn I 32

Après-demain 33

Object 34-36

Storyteller 37

The Conversation 38

‭ ‬(White Magic) 39

A Water’s Sound 40

Sustenance Hymn II 41

Diver 42

Onsen 43

Amour-propre 44


Bacchanalia 47

Destruction Hymn I 48

Romani Folk Poem 49

A Hymn to Beauty 50

Who Lamb 51

Didgeridoo, a Bird 52

Kaddish 53

Destruction Hymn II 54

Eros 55-57


Expectation 61

Small Berries: 62

Paper Men 63

Lumière 64

On Dharma 65

एक रात में (One Night) 66

The half-penny sutra 67

Beyond Saṃsāra 68-70

েরলগাড়ী (Railcars) 71-74



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