Poetry itself is pious — it’s like the holy water; you sprinkle it to eliminate the evil.
Kiriti Sengupta is synonymous with innovation and novelty in the field of Indian poetry in English. The release of Hibiscus: poems that heal and empower (May 2020, Hawakal) is a case in point. During the trying times of the pandemic, the anthology provides the proverbial silver lining—a magic potion that fills the reader with positivity and light. I bought a copy and read through the poems. I was intrigued that the book delivers on its promise. I decided to reach out to Sengupta to delve deeper into his creative process, to decode the mystery of this poet of mysticism and beauty. He answers my questions with the skill and grace of a professional ice skater who exists in the ethereal world they create for the audience. Could Sengupta unlock his heart? Read on to find out.