Jan 092011
 

The somber even descends The perturbed alarm of a weary clerk’s libido In the eyes of the township A nurse’s infirm inertness from sleeplessness; In the interstices of the naked upright pines There’s no sun; the sun’s sensation. Senseless scribbling by clouds Of a dusky [more…]

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Jan 092011
 

Alighting from a Negro play Cigar between his teeth God pronounced: Let there be light and light The match-stick set the spring woods alight Flowers and blood And the hours of green darkness Death and agony of the poison-blue sky In the black silken skin [more…]

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Jan 092011
 

Dreamer of paradise Poet of achievement Would you listen to solicitations Of acrid tongues? Would you revisit To make this utterance: you’d come but once and left forever Never again to return! Erecting a pleasure park At Rajghat, Barakpore we immortalise your death! Author: Navakanta [more…]

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Jan 092011
 

On monsoon nights does your  poet come to your mind, Arundhoti,     The fragrance of the afternoon in your hair-knot Effaced by the damp light Does it, does it come to your mind, Arundhoti? Poetry obscure to the moonlight, clouds, affection, grief The cupid clogs [more…]

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Dec 282010
 

Within this dark shell All emptiness is substantial The sky and the earth reach me In all elastic opacity. Severely sensuous is this mystic opacity A self-indulging hermaphrodite god The earthworm told me; the leech confided. Self-indulgence begets nightmares Bonny civilizations end in paederasty Even [more…]

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Dec 262010
 

Cloistered The fossil heaved its stony sigh Moaning: God’s failures have caused, All his tears to helpless man. (First published in 1970)   The Gloom Last night Someone poured ink into Umiam How the streetlights emitted darkness! The whole day the sky blotted It with [more…]

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Sep 282010
 
Shakespeare in Assamese : Navakanta Barua

Maharisi Kamlakanta, a fiery exponent of Nationalism, wrote a poem in the last decade of the 19th century where he condemns the young men of Assam for parading their knowledge of foreign poets, ignoring their own. In the list of anathemas he included Milton and [more…]

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