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Arisen of Wood: poem in TRIBES collection

New poem published in A Gathering of the Tribes issue 13 collection. The launch took place on July 23 in NYC, when I was in Saratoga Springs. Not far away but couldn’t quite go. Eminent poet neighbors inhabit that publication. There were featured readings by Steve Dalachinsky, Kat Georges, Robert Gibbons, Jee Leong Koh, Puma Perl, Yuko Otomo, Amy Ouzoonian, and Kyrce Swenson with a musical performance by Bible Gun. Tribes 13 features writers and artists including poetry by Adonis, Ellen Bass, and Bob Holman, short stories by Marc Olmstead and Dennis Doherty, visual art by Vidya Gastaldon, David Haines, and David Hammons, along with interviews with Amiri Baraka and Theresa Byrnes, and much more.

If you haven’t got your copy, here’s my poem:

Arisen of Wood

I walk this road with you Mausam

in hot cold weather the same route bus

our heads covered with the dupatta

yours purple mine night-queen pale

and through the sheer spidery weaves

we look at each other Mausam, quick.

I stop by Mehrauli’s seam to quench my

thirst after summer’s sudden squall

dusts our eyes; you too stop Mausam

point with your frangipani fingers at

pale lemons the nimbupani man cores.

We sip almost together at an even pace

embarrassed at the last glottal gulps we

draw, eye each other, my bindi set alight

your jhumkas nestling shy by the cheeks —

Mausam were you scared my brother

wore a saffron-red bandanna of faith

your cousin guarded the green mosque

we both shivered under cursing cries,

did you notice Mausam we both held

only fragile tales in our hands, right when

our homes became fireballs, our bodies charred wood?


2 comments on “Arisen of Wood: poem in TRIBES collection

  1. kush
    October 3, 2011

    Great reading you after a long time. Mausam with frangipani fingers is a very good metaphor… Which makes it a very powerful poem… Because after the riots then there was no “Mausam”.

    (Girl’s name as a metaphor is an idea I had in mind to implement but haven’t yet… I am supposing you have done the same here. But can’t be sure enough given sometimes your poems will have hidden meanings I’ll not be able readily pick up..)

  2. Dr Bina Biswas
    January 4, 2012

    Beautiful beautiful beautiful!!!! Just loved this one!

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This entry was posted on August 3, 2011 by in Nabina Das, poem, poetry.
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