- Author: Siddhartha Bose
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: Penned in the Margins
- Published: 01 November 2013
- ISBN: 9781908058164
None of this is the city. All of it is you, writes Siddhartha Bose in his new book of experimental poetry - Digital Monsoon. In his follow-up to the acclaimed debut Kalagora, Bose proposes the poet as a twenty-first century beatnik, a ravenous language machine eating up the margins of the city. Dreams trigger extraordinary visions of an apocalyptic London populated by technologised bodies; beat-boxers and graffiti writers as urban oracles; the ghosts of a multicultural city moving through banks and brothels, kebab shops and squat parties. Dispatches from the post-industrial landscapes of the North, and from the poet's hometowns of Mumbai and Kolkata, complete this raw and uncompromisingly modern collection of poems and texts. Composed in Bose's trademark rhythmical, open field style, Digital Monsoon celebrates the dynamism of the urban edgeland in an updated Jazz Age poetic.
Siddhartha Bose is a poet, playwright and performer based in Hackney, London. His poetry has appeared in Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century (Bloodaxe, 2009), Dear World and Everyone in It: New Poetry in the UK (Bloodaxe, 2013) and The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry (HarperCollins, 2012). His first book, Kalagora, appeared in 2010 from Penned in the Margins. Siddhartha has been featured on BBC 4 TV, BBC Radio 3 and was dubbed one of the 'ten rising stars of British poetry' by The Times. Siddhartha has written, performed and toured a one-man play, also Kalagora, which completed an acclaimed run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011. His second show, London's Perverted Children, was longlisted for an Oxford Samuel Becket Theatre Trust award. He is a Leverhulme Fellow in Drama at Queen Mary, University of London.