Hide and Seek: 50 Selected Poems
Author: Mamta Sagar Translated by Chitra Pannikar with the author
Publisher: Kadalu ISBN: 9781907219641, 200 pages Format: Hardback
'Hide and Seek' is a collection of selected poems by Mamta Sagar, written over the last two decades. The book has poems in English with the source text in Kannada language. The nineties saw a vibrant juncture in the Indian socio-cultural context, that opened ways to new thoughts, new identities and enabled the voicing of resistance for many marginalised groups and communities. The dalit, women's movement and the movements of the marginalised marked the era. Mamta Sagar's poetic trail is nurtured with this background. Since then until now, Indian societies have seen transformations reiterating ideologies and political stances. These poems gather nuances of this period; narrate tales of love and affection, benevolence and blasphemy. They are the epitome of mystical and magical moments. Adding to this is a rich Kannada poetic tradition that gives immense strength to her poetry. Musicality intrinsic to Mamta's poetry has taken her poems into languages beyond oceans and terrain far from reach. In her poems cliched metaphors imbibe new meanings as the words sound, silence speaks, letters leap out of the pages to become a poem. Here everything is familiar, unambiguous and at the same time very personal. 'Hide and Seek' is a discovery of the hidden and sought from within and without.