Arka Chattopadhyay Reviews The Kolkata Cadence: Contemporary Kolkata Poets
"Despite the difference in consonants (K and C), what gives sonorous consonance to 'The Kolkata Cadence' is the resonating 'K' sound that binds the city with the tonality of poetry. The first syllable of 'cadence', 'ca' shares a part of the first syllable of the city's previous name: 'Ca'-lcutta. How do the poetic rhythms relate to the city they emerge from? How do they recreate the city through their imaginative pulsations? This new anthology of contemporary 21st century poets from Kolkata, edited by Jagari Mukherjee, Inam Hussain Mullick and Anindita Bose is replete with the local colours of a regional practice of poetry in a language that connects it with the rest of the country and the world. As the editors suggest in their reflections, these poems are soaked in the sensoriality of the city's varied aesthetic culture.