Poetry Works

Poetry Works

Poems: Bengal the Beautiful and Banalata Sen by Jivanananda Das

Translated and illustrated by Anupam Banerji

The poems of Jivanananda Das (1899 – 1954) are “part of the Bengali consciousness,” says critic Amit Chaudhuri. This edition of Jivanananda Das’ poems includes his landmark collections <i>Rooposhi Bangla</i> and <i>Banalata Sen</i>, translated into English by Anupam Banerji to commemorate the 1999 centenary of Das’ birth. The revered translator Banerji also provides 40 original illustrations of his poems.

Bengali Poems of Shakti Chattopadhyay

Translated and illustrated by Anupam Banerji

Shakti Chattopadhyay (1933 – 1995) composed more than two thousand poems as well as many novels, essays and articles.  A leader of the influential Hungryalist Quartet and (next to Jivananada Das) the most widely read poet of the post-Tagore era of Bengali literature, Shakti won the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Ananda Puraskar. This book contains over 100 of his poems plus 50 original illustrations by the translator.

Ranjan Bandopadhay, editor for <i>Sangbad Pratidin</i> praises this singular translation: “Anupam and Shakti have become one and inseparably so.”

A Meditation of a Penitent Sinner: Anne Locke’s Sonnet Sequence

Kel Morin-Parsons, ed. (1997)

Before Sidney, Spenser, and Shakespeare, there was Anne Locke. Tucked away in the back of a collection of John Calvin’s sermons published in 1560, A Meditation of a Penitent Sinner was the original first sonnet sequence published in the English language. Few texts offer a richer example of the writings by women that still lie buried in the Renaissance. Kel Morin-Parson’s edition of A Meditation of a Penitent Sinner: Written in Maner of a Paraphrase upon the 51. Psalme of David provides the only clean and accurate modern edition of this important sonnet sequence and includes an introduction that establishes Locke as an important figure in English literary history.