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The Blue Moon Review

Madras 1992
by S. Diwakar
translated by Christopher Merrill and the author

The day sits down to talk, with its clouds bundled up

And through its pores the city reeks

One by one the warm sun plucks the leaves

And hair emerges from a crack in your chest

Poverty has gone hunting on the highway

A mansion blocks the way

Lizards screech in your body

And boredom drips from your fingers

Eyes want to meet like rivers flowing together

And dry grass grows on your cheeks

The sun raises a trumpet to every mouth

How can you listen without ears?

Look, that girl cast off her severed hand

And an old man ran up to take it away

A wide mouth hands over the city of Madras

With cruel fangs and a forked tongue-Oh, what a sight!

S. Diwakar is a well known poet, fiction writer, essayist and literary critic in Kannada. Author of over 15 books, Diwakar is also an accomplished translator having introduced to Kannada readers short stories and novels of several Nobel Prize-winning writers. He has won many prestigious awards for his work including the Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award, the Rjotsava Award from the government of Karnataka, the Katha Award for creative fiction, and the Dr. Shivarama Karanth Award. He has been given a Senior Fellowship by the Department of Culture, Government of India. Recently he participated in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, USA. At present he works as an editor at the American Consulate in Chennai.

Christopher Merrill's books include four collections of poetry, Brilliant Water, Workbook, Fevers & Tides, and Watch Fire, for which he received the Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets, and three books of nonfiction, The Grass of Another Country: A Journey Through the World of Soccer, The Old Bridge: The Third Balkan War and the Age of the Refugee, and Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars. His work has been translated into ten languages. He has held the William H. Jenks Chair in Contemporary Letters at the College of the Holy Cross, and now directs the International Writing Program at The University of Iowa.

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