Rajat Chaudhuri reviews Unbound – New and Selected Poems (1996-2021) by Sanjukta Dasgupta (Edited and Introduced by Jaydeep Sarangi and Sanghita Sanyal)
- Year: August 2021
- Publisher: Authors Press
- No. of pages: pp 251
Most often when I have a poetry book in hand, I go slowly over the pages, dipping in here, flipping through a few pages, picking another there, browsing on till a stanza or line catches my eye, then coming back again to linger on a poem, read it once more than back and forth, a peck here a bite there. This isn’t how it was with Unbound, Sanjukta Dasgupta’s new and older verse collection. Right from the plaintive notes of `When Winter Comes’ which opens this well-curated volume, her poems grab your attention with something that is akin to the power of well-told tales and so I went slowly, linearly, reading one poem after the other, right through the book.
But focussing only on the attention-grabbing immediacy and the lyrical quality of her verse will be hardly scratching the surface. There is much more going on here. The editors (Jaydeep Sarangi and Sanghita Sanyal)of this collection have gathered almost three decades of work of this noted poet in this collection of verse that is realist, witty, satirical, cosmopolitan, and often deeply feminist in its concerns.