Rukmini Bhaya Nair
Rukmini Bhaya Nair is an eminent linguist, award winning poet, writer and critic of India. She won the First Prize in the All India Poetry Competition in 1990 organized by The Poetry Society (India) in collaboration with British Council.
Rukmini Bhaya Nair received her Ph.D at the University of Cambridge. She specializes in cognitive linguistics and critical theory. She is a professor ... more »
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Rukmini Bhaya Nair Poems
Feasts (A Song For Spice Girls Everywher...
When at nights you feel On another's tongue Slanderous asafoetida
A woman is a thing apart. She is bracketed off, a Comma, semi-colon, at most A lower-case letter, lost.
my son, not quite seven, said
A Politically Incorrect Ode To Whitman
Whitman isn't in He will not be in This year or the next
Where in the barefoot world you wander Will go with you Gargi's untamed Silence. Among the sea anemones' Agile points of light, blue flamed
A goddess chews on myth As other women might on paan Red juices stain her mouth.
Witheringly, Glances uncover What they shouldn't.
Blocking Off The Light
They have built a room next door Where last week was only veranda
I, who have never known Violence, see at nights This - the moon-thugs Finishing off a woman.
Let the wind blow through Let the light in, you say
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Feasts (A Song For Spice Girls Everywhere)
When at nights you feel
On another's tongue
Lime's quick murderous knife
Sliding in among
Wild strawberry orgies
Arabesques of garlic
The sentinel cloves
You wonder about desire
How it can be found
Delicate as rose water
Or frank as coriander
Rising from your lover's
Breath, mustard fumey
What lingers after
You consume each other
Is this memory of spices
Dancing salt waltzes
And mint fritillaries
Waving to parsley fronds
Which is why the milky
Delicacy of ...