Flood, The human desire to know where we are

April 1st, 2019 § 0 comments

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Flood, by Jessica Mookherjee, is reviewed in both The Journal and The High Window. Chrissy Banks writes in The Journal:

Mookherjee inhabits the place where fantasy, myth and magic mingles with everyday reality and where two cultures (at least) overlap.

Jessica Mookherjee at Faversham Literary Festival. Photo by Ben McLoughlin

In The High Window, Alison Jones writes:

In ‘1967’ we stand with an immigrant bride, scarlet clad and strange to her newfound place, “Her sari billows in English winds”.  The poem turns through the poignant parting of walking away, to the challenges of being from elsewhere “How quickly the shame sets in”  the sense of being on the margins, moved through places on the energies of tides beyond control echoes throughout the collection […]

As the waters surge to flood proportions and draw the collection to a close, I was left wondering, whether Mookherjee’s words speak of something greater, the human desire to know where we are, and who we belong to, without the danger of our histories unravelling everything we know.  In ‘Time Minus’ the man who holds the woman’s hand tells her:

“It is time to leave the past behind and

trust                                                  in your own velocity.

Love just does the work.”

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

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