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six poems published

The Four Quarters Magazine / August Issue 

Six of my poems appear in the current issue of The Four Quarters Magazine.  Click this link to read them.

The  magazine includes a wide variety of other writers also, including Nitoo Das (the guest editor), Arjun  Chaudhuri, Nabina Das, David McKelvie, Monica Mody, Aditi Machado, Mahmood Farooqui, Susan Harris, Michael Creighton, Mridula Koshy, Priya Sarukkai Chabria, Rahul Soni, Akhil Katyal, Aseem Kaul, Arjun Rajendran and others. 

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from "the birth of anti-meaning & salvation of souls"

An Australian aborigine woman, whose child was taken from her by the state because the whites-run state believed the child would be endangered if it remained in an aboriginal habitat, views the white Australian Christian’s respect for “family values” differently than does the Australian Christian.  (Alan Thornhill, “Australian Aborigines Win Apology,” Associated Press in The News Journal, Delaware, 8/27/99, p. A4)  The Jain, whose commitment to nonviolence extends to the point where she/he wears a mouth and nose covering in order to avoid accidentally killing an insect by inhaling it, views a bullfight differently than does a butcher in a Madrid supermarket.  Regardless of our different interpretations

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excerpt from What the Bird Tattoo Hides:  The Vijaynagar Notebooks

We met her a number of years ago.  Others arranged it.  She knew Dev Raj long before we did, and also Durgatai.  Plus, she knows Apte, the labor lawyer.  Consequently, our get-together in her 3-room home on a dead-end street at the edge of an industrial area began with a certain level of trust.  Still, she was wary.  Being so was part of who she was, a form of political self-protection that was by then habitual.  She'd already been involved in too many underground activities to speak freely to new acquaintances about her various political projects.   Nonetheless she was forthcoming about the general contours of her vision, discussing at one point how from a young age onward she had been pushed forward by "the hunger for a better life that fills India's hutment colonies and tenant-farmer districts."

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revisiting a favorite artist / sajitha shankar

Below the following graphic are three links to pages pertaining to Sajita Shankar, one of my favorite contemporary artists.  Two of the links provide web access to some of her work.  The third is to an article from the Indian newspaper, The Hindu.  The article concerns not only Shankar's artistic history but also her founding of the Gowry Art Institute on a bank of the Kalhar River in Kerala.  The Institute's purpose is to bring together artists from different disciplines (literature, music, painting and sculpture) to dialogue, create and perform.  Take the time to find out about her.  She is a vital force. 

Archetype Series

Alter Bodies Series

Article on Sajitha Shankar in The Hindu


Chomsky on language - July 27, 2013