Written and spoken by Jess Mookherjee. Song of the Soil is from Tigress from Nine Arches Press.
Film by Helen Dewbery
Song of the Soil written by Jessica Mookherjee is from her 2019 Nine Arches collection, Tigress. The poem situates a Bengali heritage with growing up in Swansea in Wales. This is done through national songs (the great Welsh hymn Calon Lân and the refrain of the Indian National Anthem Jaya Hey). And also geographically through the water, mud and clay of these two different places.