In Malabar Mind, Anita Nair's debut collection of poems, the real and corporeal, landscapes and mindscapes are explored with a fluid ease. From the quirky resonance of Malabar's names to the stressed drone of television newscasters during war time; from the apathy of non-stick frying pans to the quiet content of cows chewing cud, Anita Nair rakes through the everyday, pausing each time for an unusual moment. Love, failure, humor, irony, lust, hope, anguish; beaches, crows, bus journeys, hospitals, just about every aspect of the human existence finds place in this collection of poems written over a decade.
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aching amble Anita Nair Batak blood blue bones breath brown Burnt sienna chipmunks claws clouds coconut Coconut palms colour cows crept crow child curling Dalima District line dogs door dreams eludes me Rain escape eyes fear feel fingers firefly flesh glass grain and grain grass Grasslands green hair hand head heart hope Hush my baby isn’t leave light lips listen little raven live look lust Mac says Mad Moidu Malabar Mind Monet mouth Mussels Muthappan nest never night Nutcracker palm Paul poems Praise for Malabar Rain eludes ravens ribbons Tires roar Rosa Mundi seek shadows sigh sing Sipping skies skin slumbering Smoke soft breeze Sometimes soul staining stare Suleiman’s Dirhams Sunshine Tantric sex tell throat trail tube turmeric voice Vulcan waiting warm watch Waves wetness window pane wing Woman words