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NE Mention By Fellow Poet; Obama, Yo Mama!; November Wait

Surprises always come as a surprise. Ah, tautology!

Came across something just recently. Don’t remember if I was informed about it earlier.

Shillong-based poet and columnist Ananya S Guha, also an educator, had his article out in “Poetry is Fiction” mentions my name alongside a few other well known Northeast poets. Ananya himself is a prolific poet. To have his word does feel good. And to be named among poets from the Northeast is honorable beyond doubt. To quote from the article:

“In North East India there is an overflowing of talent: Robin Ngangom, Desmond Kharmawphlang, Janice Pariat, Kynpham Nonkynrih, Nabina Das, Nitoo Das, Aruni Kashyap, Nabanita Kanungo etc. There is a cultural matrix and earthy immediacy in their poems, making for lyrical and effective reading. “

Short but Sweet.


So, we all meet to greet on Sesame Street!

Well done America.

And those that had said what, is it Yo Mama or Alabama, the reply is: OBAMA!


The beginning of November has been written about in my earlier post. Cursorily.

I have a Rita Dove poem here this time, although we don’t have any snow in my town.  I just have the softening of the sky. Relief? Not sure about that. Read on.

November for Beginners


Snow would be the easy
way out—that softening
sky like a sigh of relief
at finally being allowed
to yield. No dice.
We stack twigs for burning
in glistening patches
but the rain won’t give.
So we wait, breeding
mood, making music
of decline. We sit down
in the smell of the past
and rise in a light
that is already leaving.
We ache in secret,
a gloomy line
or two of German.
When spring comes
we promise to act
the fool. Pour,
rain! Sail, wind,
with your cargo of zithers!
November 1981

Source: Poetry (June 2012).


Even I wait, “breeding mood”. Like that deer in new November snow. But I told ya, no snow here!


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This entry was posted on November 8, 2012 by in Ananya Guha, Nabina Das, Obama, poetry, Rita Dove.
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