A Moveable East – Siddharth Dasgupta


From fast-vanishing Irani restaurants pervaded by ‘the semolina sigh’ of mawa cakes to songs ‘dipped in the nasha of aged Shiraz’, these poems reach for an elsewhereness, and still wash up against the shores of some simple truths: ‘that some things are best left on windowsills’, for instance, or that ‘everything’s precious, until it’s airmailed away’. — Arundhathi Subramaniam

These are poems suffused with meetings and partings, with nostalgia and pleasure bridging this volume to the heartbeats of lands that linger within Siddharth. — Easterine Kire

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Inhabited homes; familiar bodies; an Eastern promise; the intoxication within words; the cadence to dancing nostalgias; wild lingua; a beautiful ache beneath foreign skies… Poet & Novelist Siddharth Dasgupta unspools remembrances, dances through infidelities, downs carafes of wine, and lingers in cafés of quiet enigmas in this poetic tour de force. Across seven movements and fifty-five poems, A Moveable East asks you to believe in the sacred and revel in the wayward. It asks you to inhale bookshops and relish the transferrable quality of flavour. Mostly though, it asks that you frolic in the fluttering of this restless east.


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