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The absence of desires

The absence of desires
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Gupta’s poetry is replete with references of longing and the mood is languidly passionate, yet there is no desire to unite with the ‘object’ of the love. Most love poetry including bhakti poetry is replete with references of wanting to unite but her writing mirrors her heart where she stands on the edge rather like a detached observer.

It is neither non-reciprocated nor unrequited love, but the sheer absence of desire. For it’s emotional content has impelled her to express herself in a poetic form.

She carefully refrains from leading the readers or limiting their vision. Her poetry is not didactic in nature. They are the product of the artist’s free-wheeling expression, where much is left to the imaginative faculties of the reader.

Her idea is to establish a dialogue with the audience, thereby making them an intrinsic part of the idea projected as a whole. Gupta uses the poetic artistic idiom in a way that each free verse has its own language and its own capability to converse with the reader.

‘It is a subtle play with the romantic content of an abstract and a personal language that can induce, indeed seduce, the reader,’ says Gupta.
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