CHRONICLES OF ENTERING MY BODY by Rupam Baoni
160 x 190mm, 96 pages, black and white printing, perfect bound, 2021
'chronicles of entering my body' is a collection of astonishingly sublime work that lets the reader into quiet intimacies whilst revelling in a poetic expansion of natural force. These thirty poems erupt and dance into our consciousness, sequenced within five chapters and interspersed with Rupam Baoni's own paintings/sculpture. One's journey through the work brings encounters with love, death, tightrope walkers, the vulnerability of flesh, dementia, dialogues with trees, the bonds between mothers and daughters, Beethoven's symphonies, prayers to the earth and more. The book culminates in a long seven-part poem as the final chapter, 'vitruvian woman' inspired by Da Vinci’s ‘vitruvian man’ as well as the Indian philosophy of the seven chakras in our body and how each one opens the physical/spiritual doorways to different facets of human needs, desires and understanding before the final passing.