Poets build homes in multiple places; they are lost walking along the most familiar terrains. Eastern Muse is an amazing mosaic of poems from different cultures from the East and North East India. It aspires to become a veritable home of creative minds of the this culturally vibrant part of theworld. This anthology gathers resonance of heart beats.
“Eastern Muse: Poemsfrom the East and North East India edited by Jaydeep Sarangi and Malsawmi Jacob, brilliantly captures the beauty and the burlesque of the ` liquid society` we live in. Does poetry conceal more than expose? Is it a minority art ? No final check in or check out.The poets here are the voices ofthe buried humanity rising from the deep of conscience. Each poet in this unique anthology has aguerrilla warfare to fightwhich is both secret and dazzling.”
–Subodh Sarkar, SahityaAkademi award-winning Bangla poet and
Participating Author at IWP 2016
“Eastern Muse rightly draws attention to a part of India with strong poetic traditions, yet the cultural and linguistic resources vary enormously in the region. This collection presents themes such as nature and environment, mythologies, orality, desire and sexuality, but all are vitally linked to the people and their practices. Established as well as new authors join their voice in questioning homogeneity and instead call for a recognition of specificitiesthat the majestic landscapeandfragmentedhistory have recorded. Lyrical yet realistic, imaginative yet socially concerned, the poetry offers a fine and contemporary view of this fascinating area.”
–Malashri Lal, Former Head, Department of English, and
Dean Academic Activities,University of Delhi.
About the Author
Malsawmi Jacob is a bilingual poet and writer. She has authored nine books, including two volumes of poems and a novel. She has also contributed poems, short stories and articles to several anthologies and journals. Sheearlier worked as an Englishlecturer in Aizawl and Bangalore, asasenior co-ordinator with SPARROW, Mumbai, and freelanced as a journalist with newspapers in Northeast India.
Jaydeep Sarangi is a widely published poet with eight collections and a translator. He is the Vice President of Guild of Indian English Writers Editors and Critics(GIEWEC) and the founder Secretary of Intercultural Poetry and Performance Library, ICCR,Kolkata. He guest edited four issues for the Muse India.He is currently Principal and professor of English at New Alipore College, Kolkata.