An unflinching collection of poems that breathe in our dark times. From cover to cover an unstoppable current of tumbling phrases take the reader on a trip down the rabbit hole and through contemporary history. Blade-edged yet somehow tender, the book reconciles the poetics and the political. With its visceral attention to beauty & brutality, the book brilliantly exploits the narrow seam between abstract & immediate, sublime & ordinary. Expect the book to haunt you.
|Publisher:||Finishing Line Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.09(d)|
About the Author
Though Debasis had been writing poems since his Calcutta years, he did not begin submitting his poems until 2015. Since then, his poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies in the USA, UK, Spain & Canada, including Posit, Words Dance, The Curly Mind, Erbacce, Strange Poetry, Yellow Cahir Review, Rat's Ass Review, The New Verse News, I Am Not A Silent Poet, Algebra of Owls, Mannequiin.Haüs, Of/With, Thirteen Myna Birds, Whale Road Review, Scarlet Leaf Review, With Painted Words, Writers Against Prejudice, Apple Fruits of an Old Oak, Voice of Monarch Butterflies, etc. His work has been nominated for the Best of the Net.
Debasis now lives in Montréal with his wife and son. When he is not writing, his best inspiration turns out to be what Xu Schen wrote (58 CE - ca. 147 CE): "Ink, whose semantic component is 'earth', is black."
Table of Contents
kyrie eleison, or a surplus of fallen robins 1
an elegy for the flayed ox 2
the narrow skull of Aylan Kurdi 4
still buried in the foxholes 5
the sum of empty holes 6
telescope & night ornaments 7
menos tu vientre 8
a zebra i want to write a zebra 11
between ink & inkblot 12
Birobidzhan or one day in the life of Jose Maria 13
watching is harder than asphyxiation 18
death & other litanies 20
how far are we really from Havana? 22
Lorca’s body will never be found 24