Solitary Stillness (Paperback)
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With his master strokes, Sengupta offers an all-pervasive analysis of the microcosm, his seemingly nonchalant style being the most powerful weapon to demolish our long-cherished views about human life: the claustrophobic existence in the City of Joy as depicted in "The Bengali Phenomenon"; the suffering of Christ in the time of crucifixion as written in "Expressions"; and the appalling lightlessness when shadows grow longer as portrayed in "Illumination." Sengupta extends the metaphor of the book's title in some of the poems, emphasizing the essential loneliness of our existence when we speak to ourselves in prose or verse...we are compelled to realize how lonely we are yet how rich in poetry, and Solitary Stillness] is a preparation of the voyage to meet the "infinite" with a poetic brush. -World Literature Today.
About the Author
Kiriti Sengupta, who has recently been awarded the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize (2018) for this outstanding contribution to literature, is a poet, editor, and translator from Calcutta, India. He has published nine books of poetry and prose, including Solitary Stillness, Reflections on Salvation, The Earthen Flute, A Freshman's Welcome, Healing Waters Floating Lamps, The Reverse Tree, My Dazzling Bards, My Glass of Wine, The Reciting Pens, and The Unheard I; two books of translation, Desirous Water by Sumita Nandy, Poem Continuous-Reincarnated Expressions by Bibhas Roy Chowdhury; and is the co-editor of five anthologies, Scaling Heights, Jora Sanko-The Joined Bridge, Epitaphs, Sankarak, and Selfhood. His poems have been widely anthologized, both nationally and internationally, in Kritya, Taj Mahal Review, Labyrinth, Grey Sparrow Journal, Oddball Magazine, Dukool, Wilderness House Literary Review, and elsewhere. More at www.kiritisengupta.com