Thursday, 24 January 2013

Poetry Reads: A Standing Meditation by AK Ramanujan

AK Ramanujan (1929-1993) was quite simply, a man of many talents. An Indian literature scholar, Ramanujan was a bilingual poet, writer, translator, playwright, folklorist...we cease to catch our breath and zero in on the poetry. So here's a minute bit of his oeuvre. You will note how much design is critical to the poem's effectiveness even as words form the appropriate attire.     

A Standing Meditation
by AK Ramanujan

a spinning top
motionless and still
spinning on one leg
at top speed like
a crane at rest
awake now
and then
likely to
topple
if
t
o
u
c
h
e
d
.

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(Article by Snehith Kumbla) 

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