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‘A restless wanderer.’
‘A modern mystic.’
‘Every road in Sonnet Mondal’s new collection, An Afternoon in My Mind, moves forward to the past. I use this turn of phrase advisedly, for the past is never concluded in Mondal’s poignant and haunting poems, never fully left behind. It suffuses the present as the remembered scent of first rains and muddy streams.’
‘Sonnet Mondal’s An Afternoon in My Mind is a young man’s meditation on time, filled with the recognition that it is too late to return to childhood. It is both personal and political; concerned with questions of the spirit and of matter. The plain-spoken tone of these poems is a cover for their deeper metaphysical inquiries.’
‘The American philosopher Stanley Cavell once observed that “for a child to grow requires the familiar, for an adult to demands strangeness.” Sonnet Mondal’s collection An Afternoon in My Mind immerses its readers in a range of startling and subtly surreal mind-states, at once familiar and strange.’
‘His poetry is a pastiche of everyday articulation, news excerpts, and vainness of conflicts.’