I’m very excited to announce the pre-publication sales of my chapbook “kyrie eleison or all robins taken out of context.” From now through July 7, 2017 the book is available for pre-order at Finishing Line Press. Please note the book will not be available on Amazon until after it is published. The pressrun is determined by the advance sales. So it works best for me, if you purchase the book before July 7, 2017.
ALL PRE-ORDERS SHIP SEPTEMBER 1, 2017.
Pre-order your copy here : kyrie eleison or all robins taken out of context
(Finishing Line Press accepts all major credit cards. They also take checks and money orders (payable to Finishing Line Press) in (US dollars only. Please send your check or money order to : Finishing Line Press, PO Box 1626, Georgetown, KY 40324, USA. Please send 13.99$ + $2.99 shipping (per copy). If ordering multiple copies, shipping is $2.99 for the first copy and $1.99 for each additional copy.)
THANK YOU ALL for being part of this journey. My special thanks go to Antony Owen, Susan Lewis & Katie Manning for their kind review of my chapbook. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to Carol Radsprecher, the amazing artist from Brooklyn, for the cover-art. It has been a superb collaboration between us. This is no doubt also her book. And I would even go so far as to say that one can buy the book just for the sake of its cover-art!
kyrie eleison or all robins taken out of context is a collection of poems deeply immersed in our dark times. Or perhaps, just a singing bowl where ruptures go in circles trying to surround the music beyond its reach.
An assured and powerful collection of articulated mourning and controlled rage for those silenced in acts of conflict. Debasis Mukhopadhyay exhumes the shadowlands and places the lives that cast them firmly into the light to be witnessed as they should through testaments of poetry. What impressed me most about these poems was the courage to experiment different forms through a stark mnemonic style of vivid imagery and a much-needed social conscience for these dark times. An impressive and courageous suite of poems and prose by a writer who has a strong ability to blend narrative into form so the poems are felt raw and all the harder hitting for it.
–Antony Owen, author of Margaret Thatcher’s Museum
The poems in Debasis Mukhopadhyay’s new chapbook, kyrie eleison or all robins taken out of context, seamlessly interweave the most apparently irreconcilable materials of contemporary poetry: the horror of global injustice with the improbable persistence of beauty. These powerful poems manage to address a reality in which the continuing reign of bombs, shrapnel, bullets, and drones, coexists with the inspiration of Lorca, Ginsberg, Kafka, Beckett, and Van Gogh, beetroots and hummingbirds, moonlight and music. Braided into the relentless horror of Mukhopadhyay’s blunt and inescapable images is an ethereal lyricism in which “the night is your wool of time your doom your womb of lilac . . . hankering for the warm breath of the stars / through the rips of a sultry sky.” Ultimately, it is the demonstrated persistence of this beauty which assures the reader of this chapbook that somehow, we still “have a right to be optimistic about the world.”
–Susan Lewis, editor and publisher of Posit, author of Heisenberg’s Salon and This Visit
In this collection, Debasis Mukhopadhyay takes us inside bodies—bones, blood, skulls, chests—sometimes figuratively, but more often literally with bullets and bombs, coffins and graves. Mukhopadhyay invokes Godot and Van Gogh as he uses surreal image-scapes to examine violence around the globe, from historical events in Cuba, Spain, and Germany to present-day violence in Syria, Pakistan, and the United States. Mukhopadhyay writes, “i could see History was wrought beneath the frippery of dovetailed blueprints of gratuitous violence,” but even so, he also writes, “yes i have a right to be optimistic about the world.”
–Katie Manning, Author of Tasty Other and The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman