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Some Words Never Sleep comes from the monsoon soul of Indian poet Zinia Mitra. A bilingual author and accomplished academic, Mitra pours her observations and insights into transformative poetry, evoking what it is to be a woman of India, a breathing soul in an ancient wondrous land. Mitra imbues her intense recollections, responses, and emotions in a myriad of carefully juxtaposed poems that fill the reader with a semblance of what it is to walk in her shoes. The gentle sway of her alacrity as a writer, her femininity and strength, the enduring quality of her life thus far, make for spellbinding reading.
Zinia Mitra places her finger on the pulse of modern Indian verse and finds worlds hitherto undiscovered, with a sumptuous range of evocative pieces that transport us into her universe. Artwork by gifted Indian artist Lakshmi Tara adds to this lush, sensuous journey. Some Words Never Sleep is a dream from which you will not wish to readily awaken from, as it unfolds in waves from the mandala of her mind.
“Zinia Mitra’s poems record each lived moment’s limitlessness where everything is, lives and breathes or just ceases to be unnoticed. For her, silences have their own modes of prayer. Time and again; asking is giving, Zinia responds to the very special intimacies including a sapling’s delayed growth through space and time.”
—Jaydeep Sarangi, a fellow contemporary poet and academic anchored in Kolkata/Jhargram.
“Zinia Mitra is a poet, feminist, honourable agent-provocatuer, and game-changer. Each poem in her new collection speaks to the challenges and opportunities of our times. Without denying difficulties, Mitra’s words give us hope. These poems signal the challenges, but also, the way forward. The language is precise, the imagery striking. This book echoes with presence and dreams towards better futures. It must be read.”
—Dr. Amelia Walker, published poet and lecturer in creative writing on Kaurna Land, aka the Adelaide Plains, at the University of South Australia.
About the Author
Zinia Mitra is an Associate Professor and Director of Centre for Women’s Studies at the University of North Bengal. Her poems have been published in National and International journals including Asian Signature, Contemporary Literary Review, Muse India, Ruminations, Kavya Bharati, East Lit. Indian Literature (Sahitya Akademi), Teesta Review, Setu, Poetry Potion, The Antonym, Erothanatos, and The Pangolin Review.
Her translations have been published in books and journals, including Indian Literature (Sahitya Akademi).
Her books include The Kali Project: Invoking the Goddess Within / Indian Women’s Voices, Indian Poetry in English: Critical Essays, Poetry of Jayanta Mahapatra: Imagery and Experiential Identity, The Concept of Motherhood in India: Myths, Theories and Realities, Fourth Wave Feminism, Social Media and (Sl)Activism. She served as the co-editor for Twentieth Century British Literature: Reconstructing Literary Sensibility, and Interact. She recently was a part of a poetry project on duoethnography under the Australian Association of Writing Program published in TEXT journal. She is on the editorial board of Teesta Review– an international journal of poetry.
Zinia Mitra writes from Siliguri, Darjeeling.