Rukmini Bhaya Nair


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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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Margins, ma(i)nstream

A woman is a thing apart.
She is bracketed off, a
Comma, semi-colon, at most
A lower-case letter, lost.

In the literate circus
She is just a striptease
Artist, but when she speaks
Her poems bite, ferocious.

Rhyme and shape, primitive
Beasts, come tamed to her
Endangered species, they
Recognise her desperation.

She wants, she badly wants
Not a fresh lover, strongman
Or clown, but a new language
In which to hold her own.

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