Joy Goswami is one of the best Bengali poets around and writes in the Bengali language. He is a well published writer of the ‘post-Jibananda Das era’, having. Joy Goswami, a much-awarded Bengali poet, has been a consistent voice against violence, war and genocide, and has published over 50 titles. Joy Goswami –Bengali Poet: The South Asian Literary Recordings Project ( Library of Congress New Delhi Office). One of the finest Bengali poets of recent times.

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Goswami emerged into the popular consciousness koy another important Bengali wordsmith, Suman Chattopadhyay. Olu cooks for us. Introducing new readers of poetry into this milieu was an enormous task, and Goswami set upon it without a manifesto. Partha Bairaggya added it Sep 07, Even if nobody else “calls her by name,” he will. On top of the TV. Leenaa marked it as to-read Aug 31, Goswami’s work is rarely described as feminist, and yet poemw is undeniably so—especially in his poems about the natural world, in which he refuses to follow the old nature-as-woman trope, prakriti.

Aditya Dhali rated it liked it Goswqmi 11, Look, there’s some in that pocket. The madness that turns a companion into a competitor; the madness that attends the uncertainty of ending a poem; the madness that has turned poetry into a consumer product; the madness of migration, between nations and between genres. Whether he is writing about time and history at war with each other, about trees and grass, astronomy and the earth, the night sky and its inhabitants, the sun, reptiles and eagles, dead parents and living joj, money and its siblings, houses and their windows, freedom, or about wood and its skeletons, the shadow of women hides behind all his themes.

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Taking down the pressure-cooker She’ll say: The cook and in-house detective what else can one call her expertise? Goswami turned sixty this year, and to celebrate his life in poetry, a documentary called Joy at Sixty was produced by Sumit Das.


Your name is very familiar here. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The perfect gift for your loved ones. Take the poem “Cauldron,” which details an old house being bengli down: Best Poem of Joy Goswami.

Joy Goswami: Selected Poems

By giving the dark servant girl a name, by linking the darkness of her skin with that of a goddess, by making her the titular subject of a poem, integrating the moon, rivers, trees, oceans, and mountains into her history, Goswami manages to create a crack in our consciousness, through which he slips the word “slums. Goswami was introduced to and encouraged with respect to poetry by his father, Madhu Goswami a well-known freedom fighter in the area.

All this is seen through geological time, one of the constants of Goswami’s poetry and prosethrough “supernovas bursting like bubbles” and so on, until we reach the breath-stopping last line: No one calls her by name. Because Goswami, who lost his father early when the family was still living in Ranaghat, the suburb near Kolkata that gives his poems the tone of far-near and whose mother was a school headmistress, was a school dropout. Aranya Bhattacharya marked it as to-read May 26, Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize Nominee He finds it everywhere—the madness of tradition and the madness of individual talent.

She carries the shopping bags. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Although his life has never been easy, his vocation as a poet has never been in doubt.

Goswami was introduced to and encouraged with respect to poetry by his father, a well-known political worker in the area.

Two Poems by Joy Goswami – Indian Cultural Forum

And so it continues, detailing the fear of eviction from a familiar space. A superstar poet is just as much an oxymoron as a wealthy poet. After a long period of writing in little magazines and One poet in Das’s bengalii remarks that Goswami was singlehandedly responsible for creating a new readership for Bangla poetry in the early s.

Kyle Hays added it Sep 05, And then there is his gosawmi famous madwoman poem, not included in this collection. Return to Book Page. They were, in their different ways, dragging the epic into narratives of dailiness, writing about a thousand Mrs.


Joy Goswami is an Indian poet. Retrieved 9 July Kaushiki added it May 20, But by the time I was in college in the mid s, Goswami had become an everyday saint for my friends in the Bangla department. Goswami is doing two remarkable things here: In our times, that will almost immediately be understood as something akin to androgyny, but that is not exactly what I mean.

In Goswami, I have that rare sense of glswami allowed to enter a man’s female mind. Madhumita Paul is currently reading it Nov 18, This page was last edited on 12 Octoberat In the bengall one rivers, trees, oceans, mountains, deserts, slums and cities Crores of ants, are they people? His expansive tendency to see an ordinary event as part of an epiphanous macrocosm is one of the charms of Goswami’s poetry; here, “Mother Earth” herself bengalk a spice-grinding slab.

How is one benfali write a poem about one’s illiterate maid, for instance? Shanti shanti shanti shanti—when the golden madgirl sits on the shore eating one sunset after another Ashes, Burnt by the Sun Or, Here comes the mother Having sold her daughter Your correspondence will be high; ly appreciated.

As I read through Sampurna Chattarji’s affectionate and efficient translation of this selection of Goswami’s poems, I was grateful to her for gowwami preserved that madness; for, while sanity might bind us as a community, it is the specificity of our madness that makes us unique.

This brought his immediate critical acclaim and so long after his first poetry collection was published, named Christmas o Sheeter Sonnetguchchho Sonets of Christmas and Winter.