Noise Cancellation: Poems
Noise Cancellation envisions a sustainable consciousness. A way of life where attention is paid to everyday details instead of constant digital alerts. The rich aroma of potatoes in poppy seeds, the beauty of block prints, the pain of a homeless dog, the dilemma of online classes, the joy of growing plants and holding a fistful of wet earth, the sweet and sour waters of Ugadi Pachadi — these become the core of poems, nourishing the mind, body and soul — weary of the unavoidable chaos of the present world.
|8 × 5 × 0.2 in
5 October 2021
Jhilam Chattaraj is an academic and poet based in Hyderabad, India. Her works have been published at Ariel, Room, Colorado Review, World Literature Today, Voice and Verse, Queen Mob’s Tea House, Asian Cha, Not Very Quiet, Burrow, Cerebration, Porridge, Minnow Literary Review, West Trestle Review and Guftugu among several other national
and international anthologies. She has published
the books When Lovers Leave Poetry Stays (2018) and Corporate Fiction (2018). She has been invited to several national and international, literary venues like the Jaipur Literary Festival, Hyderabad Literary Festival, Ozark Poets and Writers Collective. She received the CTI excellence award in “Literature and Soft Skills Development,” 2019 from the Council for Transforming India and the Department of Language and Culture, Government of Telangana, India. Presently, Jhilam is Assistant Professor at the Department of English and Foreign Languages, RBVRR Women’s College, Hyderabad, Telangana.
Jhilam Chattaraj writes of the challenges and rewards of teaching, writing, loving and connecting across distances in a universe of apps and absent ringtones. Wry, affectionate, delicately-modulated and determined to ‘sing sunward,’ these poems in praise of food, love, longing and literature map the recurrent and ancient human need to tap the air / for the sweet wound of knowledge. –ARUNDHATHI SUBRAMANIAM