Author: Rukmini Bhaya Nair
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0143028839
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.
When sunlight presses
Upon this verse
The world reverses
Green doves on grey grass
Rukmini Bhaya Nair shows how both profoundly serious social issues and intimate personal moments can be imaginatively probed through the disciplined exercise of sensitive intelligence, passionate inquiry and unflinchingly open-minded, readily self-critical discernment, A new pace-setting level of poetic achievement in India.
-John Oliver Perry on The Ayodhya Cantos, in World Literature Today
Miles above the usual run of books of poetry being published today, Rukmini uses words as some folk dancers use sticks, to suggest both confinement and /or open space, depending on how the sticks are angled.
-Adil Jussawalla on The Hyoid Bone, in The Illustrated Weekly
Eight Verses to Bhavani
The Third Eye
God from Bankura
When the Time Comes
In Memory of a Schizophrenic Friend
The Autocrats of Memory
Ganges Dolphins, Bangladesh
Hundru Falls, Ranchi
Sumo Wresters, Japan
Fear of Flying, Midwest
The Bathers, USA
Journey from Baroda
Miniature Paintings, Upper India
Tibetan Sand Mandala
Digital Delhi: Six Snapshots
A Haiku History of the World
The Hyoid Bone
The Truth According to Tarski
The US in 2-D: a Play for John Ashbery
A Politically Incorrect Ode to Whitman
Agitprop Verses: The Fundamentals
Five Uneasy Pieces
Making Ends Meet
Why Should a Poem Always Glide?
Ode to Our Languages