Written in spare language and often using metaphors drawn from both Eastern and Western sources, the poems in The Clarity of Distance pare down the complexity of existence in today’s global world into simple moments of truth.
Much of Chatterjee’s poetry is very short, ten lines or less, some of it is photographic, and all of it is approachable. Chatterjee believes that the power of poetry is in its accessibility and this is reflected in the simplicity of her writing. Her poetry is intended to pry her readers out of complacency into looking at the world differently, perhaps even into thinking of their place in it.
There is a soft thread of violence running through this collection, juxtaposed against the imagery in much the same way as the intention of her approach.
About the author
Born and raised in Kolkata, Ayesha Chatterjee has lived in England, the USA and Germany, and currently lives in Toronto. She graduated from Smith College, Massachussetts, where one of her most vividly remembered courses was a lyric poetry class taught by Joseph Brodsky. Her work gained notice when one of her poems was shortlisted in the Guardian Unlimited Poetry Workshop in October 2004. Her poems have appeared in nth position, BluSlate and Autumn Sky Poetry. The Clarity of Distance is her first collection.
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