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A Walk With Indian Poet Sonnet Mondal

With presence in poetry festivals from Slovakia to Nicaragua, and from Germany to Ireland, Sonnet is one of the most travelled poets of his age.

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Sonnet Mondal is one of the most lyrical and entrancing voice of human situation among India's modern Anglophone poets, as well as a rare poet of pure consciousness. His celebrated poetry books Karmic Chanting, Ink and Line, and, most recently, An Afternoon in My Mind, published by Copper Coin Publishing, exhibit a rare blend of nostalgia, concentrated ideas, and a profound obstinacy refusing to let go of the present state. His delicate and terracotta like verses are rife with themes of loss and love.

In response to a question regarding his travels, Sonnet stated that they began in Macedonia in 2014. “This tour introduced me to poets and poetry that helped me get through a difficult period in my life. ‘I come from a land.... Where poetry is like a tree which watches over man and where poet is a guard who understands the rhythm of the world’, Adonis says. Perhaps in order to better understand this rhythm, I began to travel more frequently in order to match the beat of my daily life with civilizations from all over the world.”

With presence in poetry festivals from Slovakia to Nicaragua, and from Germany to Ireland, Sonnet is one of the most travelled poets of his age. His verses are completely persuasive and unexpected, resulting in a unique poetic syntax. His verses paralyse us with the immediacy of a dream-like voice that takes us on spiritual adventures into an exhaustive inventory of mesmerising images, and startling colours of strange desires, free of the chaos of multiple voices or verbal trickery of real-unreal rage. His poetry is, in short, an unfiltered meditation, a bold ambiguity about the numerous worlds we live and the shattered selves we acquire from our common past. Snapshots from his travels often appear in his meditative works.

Sonnet co-founded Kolkata's International Poetry Festival – Chair Poetry Evenings in 2018 with Hindi poet Tushar Dhawal Singh, as well as Verseville journal in 2008. "It goes without saying that any large-scale organisational effort requires excellent teamwork to succeed." Mondal says, "I am blessed to have a fantastic team of literary-minded people and friends who work tirelessly to keep everything going smoothly."

Mondal's poetry gently introduces the reader to a world of sharp truth, imagination, and analogies through a gradual, lyrical, and sensuous weaving of words. Mondal relies greatly on the inevitability of life and death, as well as uncompromising hope, whether in his poems or in his despair and grief over the world. 

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