Amit Chaudhuri in conversation with Charles Bernstein
McNally-Jackson books, NY, Sept. 6, 2022
My conversation with Amit Chaudhuri at the South Street Seaport McNally-Jackson took place on September 6, 2022, celebrating the release of Sojourn from New York Review Books. We also discussed his 2021 book with NYRB, Finding the Raga: An Improvisation on Indian Music.
What I wrote about Chaudhuri's poetry collection Sweet Shop (Salt, 2018) also applied to Soujourn: Chaudhuri’s experiments in poetic alchemy are disarmingly wry, turning sweet nothings into ontological reflections and wistful elegiacs. These odes to the pleasures of faltu —the unnecessary — are pungent, chewy, and succulent.
Here is the PennSound recording of the event, part of the Close Listening series.
Recommended: Amit Chaudhuri's Literary Activism web site.