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The Branches is Mumbai poet Dominic Alapat's third collection of poetry. This book continues with the themes of urban life, present in the poet's first two collections, in a freewheeling style.
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Feb 24, 2016Dominic Alapat's three books, 'Reeling', 'Circling the Sky' and 'The Branches' contain some of the most unusual poems that I've read in a long time - unusual in the sense that while practically all city-based poets focus on the the damaging, destructive side of city life, Alapat thrives on its joys; of the daily waking up to its sky's new light, for example, and of sometimes experiencing, second by second, its dazzling nights. This is not to say that Alapat deliberately avoids the darkness both Mumbai and his own demons can sometimes bring. When it comes upon him it has a terrible presence, almost equal to the disturbing, often ecstatic joys that make his poems so unusual.
Feb 1, 2016The sequel to Circling the sky and Reeling is here to complete the trilogy with poet Dominic’s favored motifs in an imprecise curation as embryonic as nature’s sun, moon, bird, and sky. 'as your life in trains and rooms go by' Compared to his other books painted in feather-faintness, this book has energy huddled together. Thoughts reforming in intimate whisperings, echoes of heartbeats. 'the stars scared all run from place and fall into the darkness I must lie here in bed blank my open eyes so strained I could burst any moment and die.' But I detect pain segueing from the capturing of ennui to the movement in me the reader, making me additionally thoughtful. I am transported to the last window, last day of a life, moved into worrying for the poet. Is he okay? Will he be live? Long enough? 'I cannot understand anything of I cannot understand anything.' Or have these poems attained the soul of an impressionist or escape artist that eke out these emotions from me and succeed? In my... More > younger days, I had read a translation of Nirmal Verma’s novel and now I am reminded of this. Juxtaposing this abstract with child-like gaiety is: ' where I was Emperor in my great Gothic castle lord of all I saw sailing to school in my paperboat' These poems are so gently told, so subtly hypnotic in their simplicity that I have to pay close attention. I read this book twice – once when I let it all seep, once before sleep. I realize this book comes prescribed with the time of day it has to be read in, because each poem has finality, tonality… of night, that can be intercepted in a hypnagogic state. 'the cold grey metal of the garden railings dripping raindrops of blue skies swimming upside down'. In nostalgia that burns into tungsten beauty with 'stars sprinkling blue nights like a mindless vacuum' and 'and I would walk in my windcheater amidst the fallen branches on the footpath the crushed yellow laburnum floating in puddles' If I have a grudge it is about immobility and against it. To the Pessoa and Picasso of loneliness, the Proust of haunting lonesomeness I wish to see him move on, move out from where he stands. I want his feet to travel just like his mind, drift, so he can give me more stories from other windows. I wish him to drop his motifs now at the thresholds of this trilogy or then keep them for other skies. 'and wish I could fly wish I could get out of my body and my mind'< Less
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- Dominic Alapat (Standard Copyright License)
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- October 25, 2015
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