Yellow Hibiscus: New and Selected Poems

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Penguin Books, Jan 1, 2004 - Indic poetry (English) - 214 pages
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When sunlight presses,/Upon this verse,/The world reverses,/Green doves on grey grass. Insight Yellow Hibiscus by award-winning poet Rukmini Bhaya Nair brings together some of her best published poetry along with several new verses written over the past few years. If freedom, pain, death and memory are the universal themes that run through Immortals the first section of the book animals and insects, places, and passion for language are at the core of the others. The subtle, ironical insights into the fallibility of human nature that Nair offers us in these poems finely complement her eloquence and lyrical facility. Never afraid to experiment with words and ideas, she explores here the complexities of gender and politics in an unusual and often striking manner. Brilliantly conceived and beautifully executed, the poems in this volume render the anguish and yearning of life in a powerful and original voice.

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Contents

Intimations
3
Genderole
17
Flame
30
Usage
43
Cockroach
61
Okapi
75
Assegai Africa
91
Journey from Baroda
108
Sardinian Encounter
122
Yellow Hibiscus
131
Gargis Silence
145
To Sleep
161
Fellow Poet
174
Love Songs
190
Ode to Our Languages
204
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About the author (2004)

Nair is professor of English and linguistics in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian institute of Technology, Delhi.

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