A Powerful and rich collection, Flood by Jessica Mookherjee

September 27th, 2018 § 0 comments

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Jessica Mookherjee’s debut poetry collection, Flood, is reviewed in both The Frogmore Papers and Tears in the Fence.

In The Frogmore Papers, no. 92, Rachel Playforth writes:

This is a powerful and rich collection, with a perfect title. Mookherjee’s poems have momentum, ‘a lifetime of stories’ rushing to meet us on a tide of sensation, emotion and colour […] Sex, death, faith and doubt permeate the pages as fairy tales and myths from India, Wales and everywhere in between are rewritten in nightclubs and supermarkets, London parks and limousines. And if the reader needs a life raft, there is Mookherjee’s skilful use of repetition to cling on to, whether in poetic forms and in free verse where it acts as a mantra, echo or spell.

The current issue of The Frogmore Papers also has poems by Cultured Llama poets Michael Curtis and Rosie Jackson, who is the first runner up in The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2018.

In Tears in the Fence, no. 68, David Caddy writes:

The poems are filled with detail, inventive, musical, and the contours of a Bengali-Welsh woman gone walkabout in England. Mookherjee is at her best when she is boldest and takes risks in combining both elements of her cultural and feminist identity. The poem ‘Red’ covers a range of issues, such as the treatment of and violence towards Indian women, shaming, gender and menstruation, by suggestion and thus moves beyond testimony to provide wider hinterland for the reader. ‘The Milk’ similarly indicates a combination of dislocation and amusement, which makes the poem memorable.

Jessica Mookherjee’s debut poetry collection costs £10 plus p&p: Flood

Postage and packing is free if you order two or more books. So why not add in Michael Curtis’s Family Likeness or Rosie Jackson’s The Light Box. Or order all three!

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