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
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
Feasts (a song for spice girls everywher...
When at nights you feel On another's tongue Slanderous asafoetida
Witheringly, Glances uncover What they shouldn't.
Blocking Off the Light
They have built a room next door Where last week was only veranda
A politically incorrect ode to whitman
Whitman isn't in He will not be in This year or the next
A goddess chews on myth As other women might on paan Red juices stain her mouth.
Let the wind blow through Let the light in, you say
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
I, who have never known Violence, see at nights This - the moon-thugs Finishing off a woman.
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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.