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Could You Please Please Stop Singing?

by (author) Sabyasachi Nag

Mosaic Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2015
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In Could You Please, Please Stop Singing, Sabyasachi (Sachi) Nag takes a step away from skepticism, blending humour with shock and surprise, seeking a return to childhood in "Mamuda's Fries," innocence in "Conversations with the Country Activist" and fractals for the future in the yet to be invented "Seedless Avocado." In attempting what Tomas Transromer calls "walking through walls," Nag hurts and sickens himself with awe and rage. The title poem "Could You Please, Please Stop Singing?" purposely evokes the famous Hemingway line from Men Without Women and is central to the overall tonality of this collection, that straddles a path alternately mocking and dead serious, and that occasionally yields to contrary pulls between the banal and the sublime

About the author

Sabyasachi Nag (Sachi) is the author of two previous collections of poetry: Bloodlines (Writers Workshop, 2006) and Could You Please, Please Stop Singing (Mosaic Press, 2015). His work has appeared, or is forthcoming in several anthologies and publications including Canadian Literature, Contemporary Verse 2, Grain, The Antigonish Review, The Dalhousie Review, The Maynard and Vallum among others. He is an alum of the Writer's Studio at Simon Fraser University and the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. He holds a graduate certificate in Creative Writing from the Humber School for Writers. He lives in Mississauga with his wife and son.

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Editorial Reviews

"I admire how loss is conveyed through the image of sweat … 'A seven—year—old is abandoned by a father… anticipates his departure, relishing every last moment that leads up to it' … I'm very impressed by the power and economy."
? Poet Pascale Petit discussing Nag's poems in The Guardian
"This is a truly amazing collection … as a complete body of work, it is extremely powerful and stirring … the poems' observations have a wonderful richness and eloquence and complexity to them and there is a strong and constant thread of humanity that flows through it all."
-- Judith Christine Mills, author and illustrator of The Goodfellow Chronicles trilogy.
"Poems are meant to be read aloud, and Sachi's read beautifully; evoking Calcutta through the school recess and rickshaws darting pass skies reflected on puddle … just wonderful!"
-- Kwai Li, Author of The Palm Leaf Fan and Other Stories: And Other Stories

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