Authored By: Lopamudra Banerjee
Year of Publication: 2018
|Pages: 172||Binding: Paperback(PB)|
Category: Poetry, Fiction and Short Stories
|Price in Rs. 206.50||Price in (USA) $. 16.52|
Cover Art: Sufia Khatoon, poet, artist
Lopamudra Banerjee's new book Woman and her Muse: Poetry & Memoir is a deeply passionate and poignant tapestry of poetic prose pieces that intersperse intense subjective poems that blend and bind the past and present, by skillfully weaving together geographies, gender and genres. Lopamudra does not look back in anger but rather gestures towards her life of divided loyalties, by being the cultural bridge between the home and the world. In her poems, memories are rejuvenated through the exhilarating touch of words, sometimes extended as tributes towards inspirational icons in the world of aesthetics and performative arts. So along with poetic renderings of her responses to sequences in the epic Mahabharata, the poetry of Maya Angelou, paintings, sights and sounds, theunique “Cinema Musings” section of her latest book registers her homage to outstanding personalities from Satyajit Ray to Gulzar among others, who have all interpreted the world in their varying classic styles and remarkably inspired her.
-Dr. Sanjukta Dasgupta
Visiting Professor, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
Convenor, English Advisory Board, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi
President, Executive Committee, Intercultural Poetry and Performance Library at ICCR, Kolkata
Professor, Dept of English (Retd), Former Dean, Faculty of Arts, Calcutta University
Lopa Banerjee says her new book Woman and Her Muse is poetry and memoir. She raises in the preface questions of her own gender and the gender of her muse or muses but allows her femininity its say and her feminine muse or muses their say too. But what grips us is her writing as in poem after poem, or prose piece after prose piece, going over the territory she loves which is that of the memoir, she dazzles us with her ability to make words sing so that her intention as a writer is to make the reader fall in love with herand her words and read her again and again, entranced, making her also our muse, as well as a worthy successor to the best writers in Indian English today. I unabashedly urge everyone to read her and love this aspect of her, shedding light on her muses in her poems and memoirs, as to do so is an act of reading that yields rich dividends to us more than perhaps even to her. Reading her is time well spent in an otherwise mediocre age of writing, where most writers do not have the ‘drenched in beauty’ style she has and hence cannot make us feel as if caught in a monsoon shower and a thunderstorm.
-Dr Koshy AV
Author and Best Researcher 2018, English Department, Jazan University, Saudi Arabia
Lopamudra Banerjee is a vibrant, volatile writer touching a wide range of subjects- encompassing the common people – the rickshaw puller, the boatman on the river Ganga, to the by lanes, old heritage buildings, and the intellectual, vibrant College Street of Kolkata. She very innovatively and artistically touches the works of the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, and many artists who have inspired her. Women in different forms and aspects are beautifully portrayed in her poems till it reaches a crescendo where Mother Goddess Durga is seen enveloping the entire universe in her loving, caring arms and leading us from darkness to light.
-Mrs. Monica Talukdar
Veteran artist, Uttarakhand, India
Lopa Banerjee is an author, poet, editor and translator based in Texas, USA. Her memoir Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant's Wayward Journey and her debut poetry collection Let The Night Singhave received honorary mentions in The Los Angeles Book Festival and New England Book Festival 2017 respectively. Her manuscript of Thwarted Escape has been First Place Category Winner at the Journey Awards 2014 hosted by Chanticleer Reviews and Media, USA. She also received The International Reuel Prize for Poetry in 2017 and The International Reuel Prize for Translation in 2016 (for The Broken Home, her English translation of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore's novella), both instituted by The Significant League, a literary group. The Broken Home and Other Stories, her translation of two novellas and six short stories of Tagore is now a book in paperback version, published by Authorspress. Her literary work has been published in many e-zines and anthologies based in the US and India, also in UK and Australia. She has also co-edited two fiction anthologies, the bestselling Defiant Dreams: Tales of Everyday Divas' and Darkness There But Something More' and also co-edited an anthology of women poets Cloudburst: The Womanly Deluge, along with Dr. Santosh Bakaya. Recently, she has been a featured poet and spoken words artist of the Woman of Color poetry and arts group, Dark Moon Poetry, based in Dallas, Texas.