December 7, 2023


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Book Review: The Fern-Gatherers Association by Sekhar Banerjee

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Poet and Critic, Gopal Lahiri reviews Sekhar Banerjee’s poetry collection The Fern-Gatherers Association (Red River, 2021) and calls them poems in floral fabric.

  • Published by: Red River
  • Price: INR-299/-
  • ISBN: 978-81-950900-4-4

Poetry has always been a place where we’ve looked for understanding and answers while we can’t find them in other places. There is something powerful about invocation in poetry and the transformative moment is intense at times. Some poets do believe that poetry is actually less of a kind of a comfort or an intellectual exercise and significantly more of a hurdle to overcome.

In his enchanting debut collection of poems, ‘The Fern-Gatherers Association’, Sekhar Banerjee brings an impressive range of elegant portraits of life, interspersing fascinating capsules of floral footprints and transformational figures. The poet deftly traces the long-simmering solitudes and secrets between them with skill and purpose. Movement turns to stillness, cacophony to sudden silence. It is the paradox of poet’s works and his gift as well.

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