Subliminal Dust

Silence is never silent, so long as there is a listening ear. In her newest collection of poetry, Pooja Mittal listens to the silences that populate our world—silences of discord and reverence, of consciousness and death. These vast and impenetrable silences fill the spaces within us and without; they give meaning to the substance of our lives, to the voices we hear and the words we speak. Here, in Subliminal Dust, Mittal transcribes those silences and gives them speech.

“Amazing collection of poetry. Words really fail me here to describe those feelings after reading such beautiful, poignant, powerful, insightful, and deeply touching thoughts painted so well in syllables on the canvas spread across the spectrum of emotions that humanity has ever experienced. Each verse connects with me in a deeply meaningful way; each poem makes me identify myself in its agony, pain, joy, sorrow, helplessness, and beauty.” – Srinivas

“Pooja’s unbound imagination transcends worlds, universes, cultures, art and science; she creates pure magic with her words and leaves it up-to you to peel the onion, and challenges you to find the deeper meaning. One should experience such soul touching poetry at least once in life.” – Neo –

Pooja Mittal was born in Lagos in 1983. Having lived in Nigeria, India and New Zealand, she has been widely published and anthologized in several countries. Her first book was published when she was 13, and at the age of 17, she was the youngest Featured Poet ever in the more than fifty-year history of Poetry New Zealand. She is the author of Diaries of a Marked Man and Musings on Poetry, both of which were published when she was 21 years old. In 2001, she was selected for UNESCO’s international project, Babele Poetica, and in 2007, she was featured in both The Best Australian Poetry 2007 and The Best Australian Poems 2007. Her poetry has been translated into Russian and performed at the Moscow International Poetry Festival. She lives in Melbourne, where she is completing her Ph.D at the Centre for Postcolonial Writing in Monash University.