Writers Workshop Poets Mentioned in the Prestigious JCL

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Five of our books published in 2022 have been featured in the Journal of Commonwealth Literature.

This is what the journal says:

“Several interesting debut collections appeared from the North-Eastern states. The Tortoise Prince by Gumlat Ong Maio of the Singpho tribe of Arunachal Pradesh is a retelling of fourteen folk tales of the tribe in verse form. The Singphos have no written
history and Maio’s recording of these oral folk tales in written form will help document the culture and belief of the people. Assamese poet, Sawmitra Roy’s debut collection, In The Streets of Your City, has poems written in several forms including the Ghazal — “I got up from my bed on the other side this morning./ Dreams escaped like sparrows from my eyes this morning”. Poet from Shillong, Abhradeep Bhattacharjee’s debut collection has the title Songs for a Half-Escape.”

“Ivy Imogene Hansdak is from the Santal tribe of Jharkhand. The mood is pensive in her second collection, The Prism of Life. She is deeply saddened by the silence of the middle class at the mass migration of workers during the lockdown period — “This silence fails to bring succour to my soul,/ It fails to lead me into the land of dreams.””

“Nishi Pulugurtha’s Raindrops on the Periwinkle, a haiku collection, draws attention to nature — “A lost sole mynah/ perched alone on maze of pipes/ crisscrossing random”.”