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A criticism book Rhapsodies and Musings set for launch

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Rhapsodies and MusingsLiterary Yard has received the following press note about ‘Rhapsodies and Musings’ to be formally launched on 25 July, 2015. It is a literary criticism book that is expected to give more and relevant insights into the works of Sharmila Ray and Kiriti Sengupta.

Rhapsodies and Musings is a book on literary criticism on the works of Sharmila Ray and Kiriti Sengupta, two of the finest Indian English poets, based in Kolkata. Here Ketaki Datta examines the poetry of Sharmila Ray, and Tania Chakravertty looks at the poetry of Kiriti Sengupta. These explorations, published by Hawakaal Publishers, offer more than a surface look at those poets.

Written in a lucid way, Rhapsodies and Musings, has been declared a bestselling title [in Indian Literary Criticism] in the United States. While critiquing Ray’s works Ketaki remarked, “Sharmila Ray’s poems leave many a poetry-lover with a sense of fulfilment, an intense desire to…

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A Road Well Traveled

Long live FCR!

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FCR has enjoyed a great run, publishing 21 issues of The Fox Chase Review , an international review of poetry and fiction  over seven years. Presented hundreds of poets and writers at our featured reading series, open mic and outdoor poetry events. Thanks to our poetry editor and Broadside publisher, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri. Fiction editors Russell Reece, Robert Hambling Davis, Sandra Davidson, T.G. Davidson, O.L. Barnes. Creative non-fiction editor MM Wittle. Our  occasional reading series hosts, F. Omar Telan, Bruce Kramer, Rodger Lowenthal and Mel Brake.  Thanks to our web editors, Katie Reutter and Sandra Davidson who made the review possible on line.

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Our blog has been widely read, full of  book reviews, essays, poetry and literary news, interviews of poets and writers as well as area news. . We thank all those who contributed to the blog. The main focus of the review, reading series and blog has always…

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Honesty is her stand!

Elizabeth Esguerra Castillo is one of the well-known poetess from Philippines. She was the one who introduced me to the enthusiastic group of people, poets and authors under the flagship called Indies In Action [IIA]. I’m privileged to work in the capacity of a co-editor along with Elizabeth towards Magnitude – The Awakening Of Nepal, a global charitable anthology aimed to help the survivors of the recent earthquake in Nepal. Working with the poetess has been fun and satisfying, and here are her answers to the questions that would probe her take on poetry.

Kiriti: Say a word that best describes poetry. If you ask me the same, I’ll say “profound.”

Elizabeth: Poetry for me is “emotion.” Poetry is emotion in motion. The raging emotions of the poet are the catalyst for the essence and depth of his composition.

Kiriti: Name three poems (among the submissions) that you found better and more intriguing than the rest. Please explain.

Elizabeth: 1. One of the most captivating pieces submitted by contributors based on my own view is Caroline Nazareno’s (Ceri Naz) “Nexus in My Canvas.” The title itself is quite intriguing and like what I guessed, it has a hidden meaning, much more like a formula as told to me by the poet herself: “( Ne)pal x (multiplied) by Us and NEXUS is defined connected/binding all together.” The poem is full of vivid imageries and reading through the lines seem to take you to a different realm – of Nebulas in faraway galaxies, of moonless dusk, of hour glass of plains and plateaus. The last lines are my favorite: “Withstand the tears of meltdown, embrace the canopy of brand new leaves of beginning Build castles of doubtless reigns, sanctuaries of emerging cinders to tribunes of strength.” Caroline painted her rhythmic words effectively on her canvass depicting the dawning of a new day for the survivors.

  1. “The Corridor” composed by Maaya Dev is another piece I find striking among the other entries despite its simplicity. The poem inculcates much hope emphasizing “the invincible spirit of indomitable will.” “The Corridor” depicts a boundless space making room for unity and compassion.
  2. One of Sana Tamreen Mohammed’s pieces entitled “Sui Generis: The Voice” also left me stunned. It is a simple composition but yet a strong piece exuding inspiration. “The Voice” is heard from the ruins, souls reborn from the ashes, spirits soaring high. It proves that the essence and depth of a poem is not with the length but in the quality and emotion it wants to convey to the readers.

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