Interviewed for Canadian Immigrant Magazine. Nov. 22, 2017

Puneet Dutt’s book, The Better Monsters, explores violence in migration journeys

As a friend of many immigrants and an immigrant herself, Puneet Dutt has witnessed a common reaction from individuals who’ve encountered violence, racism and war during their migration journeys.

“The responses to these experiences … have largely been silence, something to get past, to forget, and that has been extremely strange to me as I try to understand my past, and my own life experiences,” says Dutt.

In hopes of encouraging newcomers to feel more comfortable speaking about the struggles they’ve encountered, the Indian-born author wrote The Better Monsters, her debut book of poetry.

Within the collection, Dutt discusses the complexities of politics, the idea of belonging and the ambiguous theme of monsters. Giving examples to explain the collection’s title, she says that natives to a country may see immigrants as monsters, newcomers may look at their new country as a horror movie setting, and both sides in war likely view their opposition as villains.

While exploring these different meanings and complicated themes, Dutt intends for readers to not only hear her stories, but to also relate then share their own experiences.

“I hope it will be more like listening — listening to the experiences that are largely silenced, since many of the people who experience [these issues] want to ignore,” she says. “I continue to think in terms of the political, if only to discover the unheard or silenced voices.”

The Better Monsters can be purchased on publisher Mansfield Press’ website.

A Review of PTSD south beach


Chapbook Review: PTSD south beach – Broken Pencil Magazine, Issue 74, February 17th, 2017, Review by Klara du Plessis.

An insightful and well written review of PTSD south beach by the incomparable powerhouse Klara du Plessis  in Issue 74 of .

“A finalist for the 2016 Breitling Chapbook Prize, Puneet Dutt’s is a fine collection of poems, coherently selected to straddle both a politically informed and nostalgically personal perspective. As the post-traumatic stress disorder of the title would suggest, PTSD south beach projects organized violence, war, as a given, but then filters it through the harrowing experience of the individual.”

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