A friend recently urged
me to write socially conscious
poems. And I became very
puzzled. I really do not know
what is social and what is
conscious. When I get conscious,
my subconscious revolts. When
my subconscious propels, my
conscious devours. I search the
thin fence between social and
political. I don’t find, because
everything political has swallowed
my invisible society. As I try to
undress, my society gets me clothed.
Aneek Chatterjee is a poet and academic from Kolkata, India. He has published more than five hundred poems in reputed literary magazines and poetry anthologies across the globe. He authored 16 books including four poetry collections titled, “Seaside Myopia”, “Unborn Poems and Yellow Prison”, “Of Ashes and Persiflage” and “Archive Avenue”. He also co-edited the “Poetry Conclave Year Book 2022”. Dr. Chatterjee received the “Alfredo Pasilono Memorial Panorama International Literary Award 2023”. He was a Fulbright Visiting faculty at the University of Virginia, USA and a recipient of the prestigious ICCR Chair (Govt. of India) to teach abroad. Dr. Chatterjee was invited to read his poems in many cities in India and abroad. His poetry has been archived at Yale University.