my chapbook is now available for pre-order

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I’m very excited to announce the pre-publication sales of my chapbook “kyrie eleison or all robins taken out of context.” From now through July 7, 2017 the book is available for pre-order at Finishing Line Press. Please note the book will not be available on Amazon until after it is published. The pressrun is determined by the advance sales. So it works best for me, if you purchase the book before July 7, 2017.

ALL PRE-ORDERS SHIP SEPTEMBER 1, 2017.

Pre-order your copy here : kyrie eleison or all robins taken out of context

(Finishing Line Press accepts all major credit cards. They also take checks and money orders (payable to Finishing Line Press) in (US dollars only. Please send your check or money order to : Finishing Line Press, PO Box 1626, Georgetown, KY 40324, USA. Please send 13.99$ + $2.99 shipping (per copy). If ordering multiple copies, shipping is $2.99 for the first copy and $1.99 for each additional copy.)

THANK YOU ALL for being part of this journey. My special thanks go to Antony Owen, Susan Lewis & Katie Manning for their kind review of my chapbook. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to Carol Radsprecher, the amazing artist from Brooklyn, for the cover-art. It has been a superb collaboration between us. This is no doubt also her book. And I would even go so far as to say that one can buy the book just for the sake of its cover-art!

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kyrie eleison or all robins taken out of context is a collection of poems deeply immersed in our dark times. Or perhaps, just a singing bowl where ruptures go in circles trying to surround the music beyond its reach.

An assured and powerful collection of articulated mourning and controlled rage for those silenced in acts of conflict.  Debasis Mukhopadhyay exhumes the shadowlands and places the lives that cast them firmly into the light to be witnessed as they should through testaments of poetry. What impressed me most about these poems was the courage to experiment different forms through a stark mnemonic style of vivid imagery and a much-needed social conscience for these dark times. An impressive and courageous suite of poems and prose by a writer who has a strong ability to blend narrative into form so the poems are felt raw and all the harder hitting for it.

–Antony Owen, author of Margaret Thatcher’s Museum

The poems in Debasis Mukhopadhyay’s new chapbook, kyrie eleison or all robins taken out of context, seamlessly interweave the most apparently irreconcilable materials of contemporary poetry: the horror of global injustice with the improbable persistence of beauty. These powerful poems manage to address a reality in which the continuing reign of bombs, shrapnel, bullets, and drones, coexists with the inspiration of Lorca, Ginsberg, Kafka, Beckett, and Van Gogh, beetroots and hummingbirds, moonlight and music. Braided into the relentless horror of Mukhopadhyay’s blunt and inescapable images is an ethereal lyricism in which “the night is your wool of time your doom your womb of lilac . . .  hankering for the warm breath of the stars / through the rips of a sultry sky.” Ultimately, it is the demonstrated persistence of this beauty which assures the reader of this chapbook that somehow, we still “have a right to be optimistic about the world.”

–Susan Lewis, editor and publisher of Posit, author of Heisenberg’s Salon and This Visit

In this collection, Debasis Mukhopadhyay takes us inside bodies—bones, blood, skulls, chests—sometimes figuratively, but more often literally with bullets and bombs, coffins and graves. Mukhopadhyay invokes Godot and Van Gogh as he uses surreal image-scapes to examine violence around the globe, from historical events in Cuba, Spain, and Germany to present-day violence in Syria, Pakistan, and the United States. Mukhopadhyay writes, “i could see History was wrought beneath the frippery of dovetailed blueprints of gratuitous violence,” but even so, he also writes, “yes i have a right to be optimistic about the world.”

–Katie Manning, Author of Tasty Other and The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman

wings rotting on the roots

Delighted to receive today No Tribal Dance in the mail. The pamphlet released one month back (march 20, 2017) in Bristol includes a poem of mine called “wings rotting on the roots“. Thanks again Matt Duggan & Andi Langford-Woods for featuring my work.

Click here to read : wings rotting on the roots

Thanks everyone!

No Tribal Dance

Today, my poem “wings rotting on the roots” appears in an exciting anthology of poems of wanderlust, loneliness & alienation called No Tribal Dance (March 20, 2017). It’s a honor to thank the editors Matt Duggan & Andi Langford-Woods for including me in this cool pamphlet alongside work by Jason Jackson, Lesley Merrin, Alison Jones, John Caulfield, Belinda Rimmer, Paul Dyson, Simon Leake, Douglas Karson, David Atkinson, Tom Sastry,  Heath Brougher, Oscar Kolkowski, Steven Bruce, Fran Smith, Dominic Fisher, Helen Sheppard, Sam Smith, Hazel Hammond, Bryn Fortey, Jane Burn Storybook Art, Jody Redmires-Smith, Angela Brooks, Des Mannay, Michal Yankowski, Tim Burroughs, Catherine Edmunds & Andy Brown.

Today at The Cross Hands pub situated in Fishponds, Bristol at 8.15 pm No Tribal Dance comes alive! I will post the poem  once the pamphlet crosses the Atlantic.

Cheers!

Godot maybe next where

My sincere gratitude to Amanda Oaks & the editors at Words Dance Publishing for featuring “Godot maybe next where”(March 16, 2017). Words Dance, today an independent press & a biweekly online poetry journal out of Pennsylvania, “has been spreading poetry since 2003 in an array of mediums”.

Click here to read the poem : Godot maybe next where

Thanks everyone!

official

Excited to have a poem accepted at strange POEtry, an UK based magazine whose slogan is the following : “There’s no exquisite beauty, without some strangeness in the proportion”. The letter says : “Dear Debasis, This is exactly the kind of strange we are looking for. We would love to publish your poem ‘the nodes of the maid of the mist’ on our site. Thank you for becoming a ‘Strange Poet’ – officially at least!…”
You all always knew I was one,  didn’t you? Now I have earned an official batch too! A big thank you to Stephen Daniels, who is also the editor of another amazing venue called Amaryllis Poetry, for this honor. My poem will be up on June 3, 2017.

On another note, my chapbook kyrie eleison or all robins taken out of context will be available for preorder from Finishing Line Press on May 9th & the official release date is set for September 1, 2017. More info soon.  Thanks !

“verde que te quiero verde”

My poem “verde que te quiero verde” is up today at Communicators League (February 18, 2017). My grattitude to Makinde Damilola Peter & the rest of the editorial staff.

Click here to read : “verde que te quiero verde”

Thanks everyone!

Forthcoming Chapbook

Woot! I could not be more delighted to annouce this news : my (first) chapbook manuscript “kyrie eleison or all robins taken out of context” has been accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press (Kentucky, USA) ! It’s still winter where I live, time to fill the hollow  with caribou!