“Once, poets were magicians. Poets were strong, stronger than warriors or kings- stronger than old hapless gods. And they will be strong once again.”
- Greg Bear
The Poetic Connections, edited by Tamaso Lonsdale has come out as an anthology of poems combining the ideas, emotions and cultures of two different places, Australia and India, in the most strengthening way which proves to be the full stop of long waiting process in the field of poetry.
Jane Kenyon once said,
“The poet’s job is to put into words those feelings we all have that are so deep, so important, and yet so difficult to name, to tell the truth in such a beautiful way, that people cannot live without it”
The poets in the Poetic Connections are those pillars, providing truth with the excellence of artistry and subtlety through their verses.
The anthology consists aesthetic colours and essence of six various poets from Australia and India. Three poets, Laura Jan Shore, Nathalie Buckland and Rob Harle are from Australia; whereas, three poets Aju Mukhopadhyay, Sunil Sharma and Jaydeep Sarangi are from India.
Laura Jan Shore was born in England and raised in the U.S.A, later moving to Australia. Shore has tutored in and taught creative writing from 1779 onward. She has been the President of Dangerously Poetic Press. The anthology contains eight illuminated poems by her entitled: Meeting You I Wonder, The Interrupt, Facing The Crack, Stranger In Paradise, Revealed, At Dawn, Silence, Don’t Say It. Laura excels in crafting each and every word with great ease and intellect which prove to be the most precious pearls in the ocean of aesthetic beauty.
Nathalie Buckland was born in Wales, United Kingdom during the Second World War. She started writing from the age of eight. Nathalie studied Early Childhood Education and moved to Australia in 1969 with her young family. The poems of Nathalie in this anthology are: Sojourner, Don’t Wait, Pelicans, Solstice, River
- A Sestina,Teenager, Storm and Migrant. Nathalie holds the mastery of gathering inspiration from her local community of Nimbin with all its diversity, her family, and the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside with its native birds and animals.
Rob Harle is a writer, artist and academic reviewer. His main concern is to explore and document the radical changes technology is bringing about, through his poems. Harle’s verses in this anthology are: Game Over, The Colour Of Greed, Lost Cafe,Homage To The Mud-Dauber Man, Requiem For An Old Dart, Whore And Nun, The Dulling and On The Road To Nimbin. He mainly focuses on the trends of Post-Postmodernism.
Aju Mukhopadhyay, a bilingual award winning poet, author and critic, writes fictions and essays as well. An ardent follower of Sri Aurobindo, Aju is inwardly guided by the perennial source of his spiritual and philosophic truth. His poems may be broadly categorized into three groups: On Nature, Poems with Spiritual Overtones and Feelings, and Poems on Social, Political Subjects. He is subjective in his subtle feelings and expressions. His poems in this collection are: Om Sri Aurobindo, The Burning Lamp, The Inner World, At The River Bank, Ant’s Hut, Life And Death Hug Each Other, Fundamentalists and The Death Of A Rose.
Sunil Sharma is an academic administrator, a bilingual critic, poet, literary interviewer, editor, translator, essayist and fiction writer. He is a freelance journalist and blogger as well. His style and technique of writing proves to be the most dominating part of his verses. The way in which he creates a panorama through his words, is delightful. His poems in this anthology are: The December Wind, Ode To A Railway Halt, Winter Dusk At The Railway Halt: Second Part, A Garbage Dump, A Woman, The Girl On The Threshold, White Noise and The Dog Whisperer.
Jaydeep Sarangi is a bilingual writer, poet, academic editor, translator and the author of a number of significant publications. Sarangi has the expertise of delving deep and presenting the rich literary and cultural tradition of India in the most splendid way. He is a keen observer of life and world, which seems significant in his verses. His poems in this collection are: Native Links, City Of Joy, Missing Link, Peace In No Man’s Land, Life Beyond, My Life, History Of Land and My Sap Of Writing.
Salman Rushdie once said, “A poet’s work… to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start argument, shape the world and stop it from going to sleep.”
The poets in this anthology, Poetic Connections, have the strength and zeal to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start argument, shape the world and stop it from going to sleep. A must read compilation for all.
- By Varsha Singh