Neil Daswani’s second submission, a poem titled “Boots” from his debut volume of poetry Why Now? has also been selected to be showcased for viewing on the 20th of February at the Jaipur Literature Festival. This year’s Jaipur Literature Festival 2021 proved to be a happy hunting ground for Singaporean poet Neil Daswani. His poetic works were chosen to be featured at this prestigious literary event not just once, but twice!
Camera & Quill, a collaborative work of photography and poetry by Anita Thomas (photographer) and Neil Daswani (poet) featured in the ‘Writers Shorts’ section of the Festival on its opening day, February 19th.
Coming right on the heels of this initial success, Neil’s second submission, a poem titled “Boots” from his debut volume of poetry Why Now? was also selected to be showcased for viewing on the 20th of February at the Writers Shorts at the Jaipur Literature Festival. The poet’s reading of this poem will be featured tomorrow as a video recording at 4:45 p.m. IST / 7:15 p.m. Singapore time and can be viewed on https://online.jaipurliteraturefestival.org/users/signup/general.
Boots is based on a painting by a Korean artist who had lost her husband. Consumed by grief she had not painted so much as a brushstroke in three years. One day chancing upon her deceased husband’s battered old boots she painted them. In Boots the poet in fact tries put himself in her shoes as she herself reflects on the journey of her husband’s life and his boots.
Neil Daswani had a prolific debut year in 2020 publishing three separate volumes of poetry: Seen & Felt (a collaborative work with five of South Korea’s well known contemporary artists and recognised by the Art Council Korea), Redshift (showcased at the Singapore Writers Festival October 2020) and Why Now?
Neil likes to describe himself as: a banker by day and a poet by night!
All these titles have been published by Kitaab International in Singapore.