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A Necklace Of Skulls Eunice de Souza one of India ’s leading English language poets has been writing poetry for than three decades Her poems in collections such as Fix 1979 Women in Dutch Painting 1988 and Ways of Belonging 1990 have been critically acclaimed and reflect a strong sense of individuality and feminism Compelling and succinct they dwell on the themes of love relationships and family Through her poetry Eunice explores the dependency of lovers and the fraught relationships between parents and their children She also examines the Roman Catholic community she grew up in exposing it for its hypocrisy and conservatism Relying on sound and rhythm her well chosen hard hitting words bring out her sharp clear imagery A Necklace of Skulls contains all the verse Eunice de Souza has published during her illustrious career as also unpublished new and early poems This is a profoundly intimate and intensely personal collection

  • Paperback
  • 132 pages
  • A Necklace Of Skulls
  • Eunice de Souza
  • 26 February 2014
  • 9780143068150

About the Author: Eunice de Souza

Eunice de Souza 1940–2017 was an Indian English language poet literary critic and novelistAmong her notable books of poetry are Women in Dutch painting 1988 Ways of Belonging 1990 Nine Indian Women Poets 1997 These My Words 2012 and Learn From The Almond Leaf 2016 She published two novels Dangerlok 2001 and Dev & SImran 2003 and was also the editor of a number of antholog

10 thoughts on “A Necklace Of Skulls

  1. Ipshita Sengupta Ipshita Sengupta says:

    The poems in this collection are selected from several of De Souza's previously published collections Among which 'Fix' 'Women in Dutch Painting' and 'Ways of Belonging' are the best known Addedly two entire sections are dedicated to her early unpublished poems and recently written onesIntensely autobiographical 'A Necklace of Skulls' is a window to Eunice De Souza's life Intimate hard hitting and honest her poetry reveals the hypocrisy of the Roman Catholic community she grew up in; examines the fraughted relationship between a parent and a child as well as the disconnect between lovers Lastly it reflects on the idea of death and absence

  2. Areeb Ahmad (Bankrupt_Bookworm) Areeb Ahmad (Bankrupt_Bookworm) says:

    Luminous new leafmay the sun rise gentlyon your unfurlingin the courtyard always lingerthe smell of earth after rainthe stone of these stepsstay cool and oldgods in the nichesold brass on the wallsnever the shrill cry of kitesRATING 45Like Sylvia Plath and Kamala Das Eunice De Souza is a confessional poet Unlike them she consistently manages to inject humour and levity in her poems without sacrificing their power and impact The poems in here brim with authenticity charting a journey of than three decades De Souza has this magical ability to serve up brilliant insights in very offhand ways Her poetry is without fuss carefree The words jump off the page and the phrases linger in the memory She does not hesitate to serve it all up with heavy sarcasm which in spite of its bite doesn't seek to humiliate the addresseeIt is very obvious from the first poem to the last that De Souza is an Indian poet Her verses are packed with Indianisms and local English idiosyncrasies The language she employs is instantly recognizable leading to a much deeper understanding of her poetry She constantly grapples with themes such as love home belonging identity religion and family A lot of her poems explore the daily lives of the Goan Catholic community in which she was born and brought up She also talks at length about the relationships between a parent and a child along with miscommunications among lovers De Souza also doesn't shy away from things like death and mortality She is a subtle visionary poet who has to be read

  3. Jayaprakash Satyamurthy Jayaprakash Satyamurthy says:

    A career spanning collection that shows De Souza refining a direct sensitive unapologetic voice and a clear eyed view of the frailties and follies of people Social satire sensuality grief wit and a fine eye for the telling detail for the histories of places are all on display here One of our most important English language poets I think

  4. Jessica Jessica says:

    It's a shame that I waited this long to read Eunice de Souza's best poems She passed away just last week and I was reminded that I'd been meaning to read of her poems Apart from a total of five I'd gone through in my lifetime I didn't know this lady's work so I bought her novella 'Dangerlok' which is an interesting read and two of her poetry collections including this one Some of her poems are dry others left me wondering what she was talking about all of them garnered a reaction of some sort from me That's a good sign in my book I like her style I like her wryness I like what I think her writing stood for A good read indeed

  5. Mirabelle Mirabelle says:

    I had no idea that the author passed away last year until I read other goodreads reviewsAs a non desi I’ll admit that I don’t understand a lot of what’s being told I still enjoyed reading this book though and I’m glad I bought it I don’t know who I’m gonna gift this to but I know that I’ll give my copy a new homeWhen I read this book I’m at a tranuil state of mine I feel like I’m sitting underneath a tree containing chirping birds and I feel a summer breezeThere’s some many vocabulary words in this that I didn’t recognize like pithy recalcitrant etc that isn’t a complaint—I enjoy learning new words and implementing them in my daily life

  6. Suyashi Smridhi Suyashi Smridhi says:

    Eunice De Souza's poetry collection teems with humour A confessional poet she blends in the personal and the public into caustic statements of humour and slight derision It is difficult to take Eunice too seriously; she reshapes the concept of confessional poetry and delivers self deprecating jokes and a remarkable sense of wit unlike other practioners like Sylvia Plath and Anne SextonYet her poems are filled with longing for love a deep understanding of loss and what it means to be lonely Her attempt however is not to declare anything universally; yet her words I believe capture the essence of being alienated from your own identities and the social world around you Her poems thus become layered; on the face of it they appear to be harmless funny takes on how life pans out Yet she demonstrates grave knowledge about issues of religion of love and of loss her relationship with the world and with herself constantly mutate the boundaries of intimacy and what it means to be seen and understood publicallyA Necklace of Skulls pays homage to a poet who is not afraid to be unapologetically herself If you gel with Eunice's humour you will celebrate this collection even when Eunice asserts Don’t Look For My Life In These PoemsPoems have order sanityaesthetic distance from debrisAll I’ve learnt from painI always knewbut could not do

  7. Joseph Schreiber Joseph Schreiber says:

    A highly esteemed English language poet Eunice de Souza's work is sharp tightly honed and often tinged with sarcastic humour Of Catholic Goan heritage her earlier poems will ring familiar to readers raised Catholic regardless of location This was a chance discovery on a jumbled bookstore shelf in Bangalore but I have learned she has a strong passionate and devoted readership More thoughts to come in time

  8. Arindam Ghose Arindam Ghose says:

    Lover her or hate her you cant ignore her A pillar of Indian poetry world her work is thought provoking and painfully to the point Her use of rhythm and start biographical nature of her poems open the door into a certain section of the Indian society Her small pieces hit hard and close to heart and you feel they were scribbled during moments of epiphany A must read for every poetry fan

  9. Parvathy Parvathy says:

    Mostly succinct sometimes outrageous always thought provoking This collection of poems leaves a mark

  10. Sonali Sonali says:

    Wry poetry on the conservatism in Goan Catholic communities the politics of intimacy and on being a poet

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