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The poets of North-East India, though belonging to diverse spaces, cultures, languages and religions, share a common bond. It is a sensibility defined by a deep connection with the land; the overarching presence of nature in their lives; the predominance of myths and tribal folklore; and the search for an identity. All this informs their poetry and gives it a unique flavou The poets of North-East India, though belonging to diverse spaces, cultures, languages and religions, share a common bond. It is a sensibility defined by a deep connection with the land; the overarching presence of nature in their lives; the predominance of myths and tribal folklore; and the search for an identity. All this informs their poetry and gives it a unique flavour. Much of the distinctiveness of their work is also the consequence of contemporary events, often marked by violence. Like its title poem, "The Dancing Earth", the anthology too, is a celebration of this life, in all its unpredictable variety, richness and contradictions. Dancing Earth brings together the best known poets of the region, cutting across languages and time periods. Redolent of native imagery and forceful yet lyrical cadences, this anthology weaves together a remarkable variety of themes, capturing the myriad nuances of the North-East.


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The poets of North-East India, though belonging to diverse spaces, cultures, languages and religions, share a common bond. It is a sensibility defined by a deep connection with the land; the overarching presence of nature in their lives; the predominance of myths and tribal folklore; and the search for an identity. All this informs their poetry and gives it a unique flavou The poets of North-East India, though belonging to diverse spaces, cultures, languages and religions, share a common bond. It is a sensibility defined by a deep connection with the land; the overarching presence of nature in their lives; the predominance of myths and tribal folklore; and the search for an identity. All this informs their poetry and gives it a unique flavour. Much of the distinctiveness of their work is also the consequence of contemporary events, often marked by violence. Like its title poem, "The Dancing Earth", the anthology too, is a celebration of this life, in all its unpredictable variety, richness and contradictions. Dancing Earth brings together the best known poets of the region, cutting across languages and time periods. Redolent of native imagery and forceful yet lyrical cadences, this anthology weaves together a remarkable variety of themes, capturing the myriad nuances of the North-East.

34 review for Dancing Earth - An Anthology of Poetry from North-East India

  1. 4 out of 5

    PS

    Discovered this gem in Arundhathi Subramaniam's essay: Arundhathi Subramaniam explores the notion of 'Indianness' in poetry – the problems implicit in that term and the many ways of being Indian that the contemporary poetry scene exemplifies. http://www.goethe.de/ins/in/lp/prj/pt... Discovered this gem in Arundhathi Subramaniam's essay: Arundhathi Subramaniam explores the notion of 'Indianness' in poetry – the problems implicit in that term and the many ways of being Indian that the contemporary poetry scene exemplifies. http://www.goethe.de/ins/in/lp/prj/pt...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Vinay Leo

    The quality in poetry is difficult to assess. What I interpret it as might be very different from what someone else does. That being said, I feel reading poetry makes me write poetry atleast 1% better, if not more. This book, one that I purchased recently, is a collection of poetry from different parts of North East India. It's difficult to edit an anthology, so if the book also has to collect translations of these from their respective regional languages, the effort is something else. I enjoyed The quality in poetry is difficult to assess. What I interpret it as might be very different from what someone else does. That being said, I feel reading poetry makes me write poetry atleast 1% better, if not more. This book, one that I purchased recently, is a collection of poetry from different parts of North East India. It's difficult to edit an anthology, so if the book also has to collect translations of these from their respective regional languages, the effort is something else. I enjoyed most of the poems in this book, and could relate with some and understand others. There are some that didn't quite interest me. But if translations can have such an effect, I think the original poetry must have been something else, on a whole different level. 4 stars for this. Review at my blog: http://wp.me/p2J8yh-2i7

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    Uthpala Dassanayake

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    Mick Canning

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    Barnali

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    Binky Nandeibam

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    Chinmoyee Deka

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    dipandjelly

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    Kshyamasagar Meher

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    Egam Basar

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    Moe Myat May Zarchi

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    Vibhu Rana

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    Nirbhay

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    Helen

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    Natalie

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    Jyoti

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    Muthukumar

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    Hasan Makhzoum

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    Nidhisinha

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    Somenath

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    Rana Ranveer

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    Wele Sarah

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    Shailly Sood

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    Dahey Sangno

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    Kavita

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    Tashi Yanki

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    Soya

  34. 5 out of 5

    Kuzuto Yepthomi

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