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Jordan, Reetika Vazirani   
4 poems available by this author


BIDING       
First Line: I wanted him to be fastidious
Last Line: That I miss every lonth on account of him, %holden is wasting my ticking sweet time


LYING POSITIONS       
First Line: Ever sit on a train, wishing your fingers
Last Line: To that lying position you groaned from jore. %police would find you the temple floor


MALIK, MY FIRST COUSIN       
First Line: You stand, malik, my first cousin, beyond
Last Line: Karnataka or california. God speed and god bless %the empty spaces, calendars, maps, your expectant


ON HOW I DID NOT GIVE AUNT JUNI THE RIGHT THING ...       
First Line: Aunt juni asked us, %what would you take to the moon
Last Line: Shd might have taken it %instead



Vazirani, Reetika    Poet's Biography
203 poems available by this author


AEROGRAM PUNJAB       
First Line: We sailed by africa, back home [or, pyramids]
Last Line: You're good with maps. Find me [or, what a holiday. I'm a globe]
Subject(s): Africa; Geography; Maps; Sailors And Sailing; Travel


AMMA'S RUBY       
First Line: Many cringed because amma gave gems
Last Line: Who couldn't trade it for a decent fish


AND MY GRAY, SHAGGY TERRIER, LADY, WHERE       
Last Line: Talk so much, it's now past ten o'clock


AT THE SOCIETY FOR THE PROMOTION OF INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC &       
First Line: At the society for the promotion of indian classical music & cultural among
Last Line: God is powerful and we've had enough misery


AT THE SOCIETY FOR THE PROMOTION OF INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC AND ....    Poem Text    
First Line: Maestro plays a raga at dusk
Subject(s): India; Music & Musicians


AT THE SOCIETY FOR THE PROMOTION OF INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC AND ....       
First Line: Maestro plays a raga at dusk
Last Line: We're miserable. Isn't god great?
Subject(s): India; Music And Musicians


AUNT JUNI IN HER JAPANESE GARDEN       
First Line: Those trees in aunt juni's garden
Last Line: For something - a deft coiffure? - %her disbelief suspended like a cloud?


AUNT JUNI'S CAROUSEL HORSE       
First Line: She put the carousel horse
Last Line: That she had made well %or how they suited her


AWAKE IN TWO ROWS THERE'S DADDY, MUM       
Last Line: Dazzled to be up at night deep in the ground


BANKS OF THE GANGES       
First Line: When moon struck maryland, bombay ticked
Last Line: Benares, hardwar, gaumuk, allahabad


BEADS ON A MALA       
First Line: ...Tired maya going to my maker
Last Line: Standing at the vanity %where I bleach me
Subject(s): Children; Parents


BEIJING    Poem Text    
First Line: Mao wanted to get rid of birds
Last Line: A watery eye is its only home
Subject(s): Beijing, China; Birds


BEIJING       
First Line: Mao wanted to get rid of birds
Last Line: A watery eye is its only home
Subject(s): Grief; Tears


BEYOND HONEY SOUL BODY AND ROSE       
First Line: If it's true jazzmen hurt a load
Last Line: Speed through first takes


BOARDING: 1. MUSSOORIE, UTTAR PRADESH    Poem Text    
First Line: In the himalayas, I ran faster than any girl
Last Line: Then the mountain soldiers drove us up
Subject(s): Railroads; Schools; Travel; India; Railways; Trains; Students; Journeys; Trips


BOARDING: 1. MUSSOORIE, UTTAR PRADESH       
First Line: In the himalayas, I ran faster than any girl
Last Line: Then the mountain soldiers drove us up
Subject(s): Railroads; Schools; Travel


BOARDING: 2. HOLIDAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: In maths, geeta's long black plait
Last Line: When jesus was born, it was quiet like this
Subject(s): Christmas; Holidays; Schools; India; Nativity, The; Students


BOARDING: 2. HOLIDAYS       
First Line: In maths, geeta's long black plait
Last Line: When jesus was born, it was quiet, like this
Subject(s): Christmas; Holidays; Schools


BOARDING: 3. THE DIVORCE    Poem Text    
First Line: We get measured and weighted in the spring
Last Line: And it is never like that again, lustrous silk, shaking
Subject(s): Farewell; Mothers & Daughters; India; Parting


BOARDING: 3. THE DIVORCE       
First Line: We get measured and weighted in the spring
Last Line: And it is never like that again, lustrous silk, shaking
Subject(s): Farewell; Mothers And Daughters


BOARDING: 4. INDEPENDENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: When I am ten, the british quit
Last Line: Foggy weather, shakespeare. We made a trade
Subject(s): Great Britain - History; Independence; Libraries & Librarians; India; English History


BOARDING: 4. INDEPENDENCE       
First Line: When I am ten, the british quit
Last Line: Foggy weather, shakespeare. We make a trade
Variant Title(s): Independenc
Subject(s): Great Britain - History; Independence; Librarians And Libraries


BOARDING: 5. THE DADAR SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND    Poem Text    
First Line: They ask me, what are shadows?
Last Line: A girl, I have lost my way
Variant Title(s): The Dadar School For The Blind
Subject(s): Blindness; Schools; Inida; English In India; Visually Handicapped


BOARDING: 5. THE DADAR SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND       
First Line: They ask me, what are shadows?
Last Line: A girl, I have lost my way
Variant Title(s): The Dadar School For The Blin
Subject(s): Blindness


BOARDING: 6. GRADUATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Today I notice how lush it is since I came when doorways
Last Line: Phoned, her parents had already traded beauty for his land
Subject(s): Commencement; Schools; India; Graduation; Students


BOARDING: 6. GRADUATION       
First Line: Today I notice how lush it is since I came when doorways
Last Line: Phoned, her parents had already traded beauty for his land
Subject(s): Commencement; Schools


BOUCHERON, SHALIMAR, MORE SHOES       
First Line: Friday I get paid checks for debt
Last Line: Wedding bouquets planted this future
Subject(s): Aviation And Aviators; Travel


BUS NORTH       
First Line: My bus broke down and the next one came
Last Line: And you see we are honored to have traveled so far


BUS NORTH       
First Line: When I saw him looking, I held myself in
Last Line: And we are honoured you see to travel so far
Subject(s): Buses; Guests; Hotels; Tourists; Travel


BUT HERE IN YOUR BROTHER'S FLAT IN COLABA       
Last Line: Their profits to have you come around


CALCUTA, FOR JAI       
First Line: At first my hostess sent me on my own
Last Line: Who slept alone and who couldn't rest


CALCUTTA, FOR JAI       
First Line: There are toys to show us what cabbages are
Last Line: What she said, anuradha, who writes articles %about the commerce of surrounding villages


CHALLENGE       
First Line: Swallow me I challenged
Last Line: Through %with her lime eyes open


CHANEL LIPSTICK       
First Line: Daddy always said this many
Last Line: Photo lipsticked like this
Subject(s): Cosmetics; Passports; Retail Trade; Shopping; Travel; Vacation


CHASING LIME       
First Line: I wish I were a better hindu
Last Line: You kept repeating, sarla, take your time


CITY TOUR       
First Line: I rode through bombay, my kemize pressed in
Last Line: Bright nights known to the harsh horns of taxis


CONFEDERATE    Poem Text    
First Line: He doesn't look like a citadel cadet
Variant Title(s): No Bumper Sticker
Subject(s): Ethnic Identity; India


CONFEDERATE       
First Line: He doesn't look like a citadel cadet
Last Line: On my face never turned me porcelain
Variant Title(s): No Bumper Sticke
Subject(s): Ethnic Identity; India


CROWN PRINCESS MINA OF ALIGARH AT THE WRESTLING MATCH       
First Line: She would wed the undefeated
Last Line: Who was completing a mausoleum %for his legitimate queen


DAUGHTER-MOTHER-MAYA-SEETA    Poem Text    
First Line: To replay errors
Last Line: On my face never turned me porcelain
Subject(s): Life; Mothers & Daughters


DAUGHTER-MOTHER-MAYA-SEETA       
First Line: To replay agonies was the necessary terror
Last Line: When you gather around me %newness comes into the world
Subject(s): Life; Mothers And Daughters


DAUGHTERS IN THE MORNING       
First Line: When kiran and I left in the evening
Last Line: The bright lake my darlings
Subject(s): Mothers And Daughters


DAYS IN PUNJAB       
First Line: The sansevieria plants were vicious and hardy along the bricks %in front
Last Line: At three, we waited for the postman's cycle bell and had tea a %few times before the war
Subject(s): Guests; Punjab (asia); Travel


DEDICATED TO YOU       
First Line: It is the thing you do open a book
Last Line: And you loved him who died before you were born
Subject(s): Honor; Poetry And Poets


DEVI       
First Line: Her father is your father: my aunt
Last Line: Lit amid garlands, and living up to her name


DINNER RULES       
First Line: Dinner rules went like this: don't squirm
Last Line: At night we hid our candy in our shoes


DIVINING GOD       
First Line: Sixty-four positions you flip me %rope me wrists pin me
Last Line: Mother what you lived I learned %smiling at the list of chores


DOLMEN BUILDER       
First Line: In a studio the smell of glue
Last Line: Or facts from a past you tap the strange edges
Subject(s): Sculpture And Sculptors


DREAM OF THE EVIL SERVANT    Poem Text    
First Line: We kept war in the kitchen
Last Line: I am wretched. Be my mother. Be my maid
Subject(s): Dreams; India; Nightmares


DREAM OF THE EVIL SERVANT       
First Line: We kept war in the kitchen
Last Line: I am wretched. Be my mother. Be my maid
Subject(s): Dreams; India


E-MAIL       
First Line: Lastly, marvelous, I wanted to be rich
Last Line: Our million defects, blew out of a volume of history


EMIGRATION    Poem Text    
First Line: No packing list, and no money
Last Line: And good evening from a lighted coast
Subject(s): Immigrants; Travel; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration; Journeys; Trips


EMIGRATION       
First Line: No packing list, and no money
Last Line: Passport checkpoint, the lighted coast [or, and good evening from a lighted coast]
Subject(s): Immigrants; Travel


ENGLISH    Poem Text    
First Line: Their army barracks were fun in the jungle
Last Line: With its thin rays on the windowpane
Variant Title(s): Lunch At The Army Canteen
Subject(s): English Language; Generals; Great Britain - Civil War; Military; Soldiers; English Civil War


ENGLISH       
First Line: Their army barracks were fun in the jungle
Last Line: With its thin rays on the windowpane
Variant Title(s): Lunch At The Army Cantee
Subject(s): English Language; Generals; Great Britain - Civil War; Military; Soldiers


FATHER'S PORTRAIT; CHOWPATTY BEACH, BOMBAY       
First Line: Your brothers still use hindi slang when they
Last Line: English and tried to hide the foreign nouns


FIDDLER ON THE ROOF       
First Line: You might as well have been tevye, and home
Last Line: At night in anatevka regrdless of the change


FRIDAY MIXER    Poem Text    
First Line: The chapel hill rotary invited me twice
Last Line: The duchess who sailed days across a flat world
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Parties


FRIDAY MIXER       
First Line: The chapel hill rotary invited me twice
Last Line: The duchess who sailed days across a flat world
Subject(s): Dancing And Dancers; Parties


FROM THE POSTCARD AT VERTIGO BOOKSTORE IN D.C.    Poem Text    
First Line: N the photograph of billie holiday taken by mickey pallas at the 1957
Subject(s): Holiday, Billie (1915-1959)


GARDENING: HOLLYWOOD LANE       
First Line: To buy peat, dung, it was crazy
Last Line: Rooted on her windowsill
Subject(s): Dahlias; Flowers; Gardens And Gardening; Plants


GHALIB ON HIS RUINED HOUSE       
First Line: When asked to meet my death, I'll go
Last Line: This, nasimi, I can't endure


GHALIB SPEAKS OF HIS POET FRIENDS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


GHALIB SPEAKS OF HIS POET FRIENDS       
First Line: All my life I've been amending their verses
Last Line: I'm'not up to correcting the ghazals of a tufta


GINA LOLLOBRIGIDA       
First Line: She struck all of us city brides
Last Line: Our lips and practiced the dare to be taken
Subject(s): Brides; Women


GOING TO SEE THE TAJ MAHAL       
First Line: When we set out on the train to agra
Last Line: To free them from the so-called glamour of a mumtaz
Subject(s): Courts And Courtiers; Mansions; Taj Mahal; Travel


GREAT HALL       
First Line: At four, we put on our slacks
Last Line: The ceiling feels like whispering
Subject(s): Schools; Teaching And Teachers


HAMLET OUT IN THE NIGHT       
First Line: No one to talk to: no one
Last Line: I'll be in the street with my riddle
Subject(s): Mothers And Sons


HE AND I SAT ACROSS THE ROUND TABLE       
Last Line: Over continents, then taking hold


HE LET A WOMAN ON THE TRAM (MADE ROOM ON A STAIR)       
Last Line: On her brown arm no bangle keeping her with one man


HEART DONOR       
First Line: You gave you son his first erector set
Last Line: And all the other world came into view


HER FINAL WORD TO VISHNU       
First Line: Now that I've praised you %temple's afternoons
Last Line: I will go tasting grey salt freedom


HERE IN THE CAPITOL       
First Line: He left her too much alone it's true
Last Line: Pleased to announce she could not %always meet when they required her


HOLIDAY AT HOME       
First Line: Thanks to this century of travel
Last Line: He said, o light-struck evening
Variant Title(s): Poem For A Holiday At Hom
Subject(s): Railroads; Travel


HOLLYWOOD AND HYDROQUINONE       
First Line: She lightened her skin %played sousa and joplin
Last Line: I am your mother invent me
Subject(s): Immigrants; Language - Pronunciation; Maryland


HOUSEKEEPING IN THE NEW WORLD; MARYLAND 1969       
First Line: She cut her hair and joined a writing class
Last Line: Returned to the nothing smell of steam


I UNBUTTON MY BLOUSE       
First Line: No there is nothing today I want to read I want to gather you like
Last Line: Put your ear on my breast where life looms large do my will yours %radha


I WATCHED YOU PRAY BEFORE THE BLUE HEAD OF GANESH       
Last Line: Mix allah with brahma and vishnu and mahesh


IN THE WAR; PATIALA, PUNJAB, 1966-67       
First Line: I later learned we ate our milking goats
Last Line: And hari rode a green bus to the western border


INDEPENDENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: When I am nine, the british quit
Subject(s): India - British Rule


INDIAN JUGGLERS' 1820 BY JAMES GREEN       
First Line: We were a curio back then, historical %now dark and small, barefoot, in shawls
Last Line: The anglo-indian school of artists was done for %as we were (the clever people juggling


INTO THE CAPITOL; IN MEMORY OF MARYELLEN WENDEL (1962-1983)       
First Line: She'd plan to cross the creek and meet me
Last Line: Keys, and we promised not to miss anyone


IT'S A YOUNG COUNTRY       
First Line: And we cannot bear to grow old
Last Line: Pack lightly we move so fast
Subject(s): Immigrants; Travel; United States


IT'S A YOUNG COUNTRY AND WE CANNOT BEAR TO GROW OLD    Poem Text    
First Line: James baldwin marilyn monroe


IT'S ME, I'M NOT HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: It's late in the city, and I'm fast asleep
Subject(s): Calls And Calling, Social; Love Affairs; Romance; Telephones


IT'S ME, I'M NOT HOME       
First Line: It's late in the city, and I'm fast asleep
Last Line: Please leave a message after the beep
Subject(s): Calls And Calling, Social; Love Affairs; Romance; Telephones


IT'S RAINING       
First Line: For so long there is nothing to do
Last Line: We are bright, two bulbs nearing the city from a dark roof
Subject(s): Leisure; Walking


LALEH OF CARAVY STREET       
First Line: The way I dress, men think
Last Line: Out, black dress, luggage for shoes
Subject(s): Mothers And Daughters; Youth


LETTER FROM BLACKSBURG       
First Line: Boston's teeming streets [or, my friend of the teeming streets in boston]
Last Line: Talks we are having
Subject(s): Letters; Writing And Writers


LETTER TO A COUSIN       
First Line: Bhabhi said this yogurt came from amma's yogurt
Last Line: Or why we have such sindhi names


LETTER TO A HUSBAND       
First Line: Fifth day past the full moon you ended
Last Line: Because the champak trees never took root


LETTER TO JAIPUR       
First Line: I wanted to tell you
Last Line: Lint slanting in the sun's column
Subject(s): Letters; Postal Service


LETTER TO JAIPUR, 1989    Poem Text    
First Line: I wanted to tell, rekha
Last Line: Nineteen forty-four to fifty-five
Subject(s): Himalayas (mountains); Letters


LETTER TO JAIPUR, 1989       
First Line: I wanted to tell, rekha
Last Line: Hills of the himalayas, %nineteen forty-four to fifty-five
Subject(s): Himalayas (mountains); Letters


LETTER TO THE MOOR    Poem Text    
First Line: How could I have ignored you
Subject(s): Letters


LETTER TO THE MOOR       
First Line: How could I not see you [or, have ignored you]
Last Line: I call it a life
Subject(s): Letters


LOBSTER       
First Line: I don't think you ever got used to crabs
Last Line: An immigrant is a kind of suicide


LOVE CYCLES       
First Line: You enter your trousers
Last Line: Myself richer, unsure, and fortified


LOVER       
First Line: Odd this hotel privacy. Married
Last Line: If I never sip this again, I already tasted the morning
Variant Title(s): The Lover New Delhi, 196
Subject(s): Love Affairs


LULLABY    Poem Text    
First Line: I would not sing you to sleep
Subject(s): Hearts; Love - Beginnings


LULLABY       
First Line: I would not sing you to sleep
Last Line: And hope the terror in my heart stirs you
Subject(s): Hearts; Love - Beginnings


LUXOR       
First Line: Nothing matters but the door egyptian
Last Line: Ply the wrong questions
Variant Title(s): Radha-krishn


MAHADEVI CHASTENS HER LOVER, LORD OF MALLIKA       
First Line: You're calling my pager goes
Last Line: Nothing nickel paper british stranger %muttering long lines no trains


MAHADEVI TO KAUSHIK       
First Line: So they tried to pair me with you
Last Line: From whom I have suffered no regret


MAHARAJA OF PATIALA       
First Line: The palace opened sesame
Last Line: Of khaki on my tongue: I said %my children
Subject(s): Family Life; Marriage - Forced; Tradition


MALIK, MY FIRST COUSIN       
First Line: You stand, malik, my first cousin, beyond
Last Line: Or, like the conqueror, to emigrate


MAY QUEEN       
First Line: You're pretty said the sign
Last Line: Take this turn to be loved
Subject(s): Farewell; Mothers And Daughters


MAYA TO HERSELF AND THEN TO HER GARDENER    Poem Text    
First Line: Grass cut trees need pruning
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


MAYA TO HERSELF AND THEN TO HER GARDENER       
First Line: Grass cut trees need pruning
Last Line: Already made [a pot of] coffee have some I am up
Subject(s): Gardens And Gardening


MEMORY I       
First Line: To say that my father came from a village and by his own
Last Line: And the early weatherman reports a slight chance of rain all %afternoon


MERCATOR PROJECTION       
First Line: In the kitchen hung the mercator map
Last Line: And the longitudes coincided at the poles


MICA       
First Line: Most week-ends, surgeons came for lamb and raita
Last Line: Packed over a quarter-acre yard


MILLION BALCONIES       
First Line: I'm half bengali, so I went to calcutta
Last Line: Manager I found a city on his face


MOUTH-ORGANS AND DRUMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Fighting god it shattered belts
Last Line: All flags no one kingdom select
Subject(s): Politics & Government; War


MOUTH-ORGANS AND DRUMS       
First Line: Fighting god it shattered belts
Last Line: All flags no one kingdom select
Subject(s): Politics; War


MRS. BISWAS       
First Line: The taj mahal brings to mind a fiefdom - it could have been
Last Line: Grow longer %than the spine of a practical %man, longer than the reign of an ordinary queen


MRS. BISWAS BANISHES A FEMALE RELATIVE       
First Line: That is not the way
Last Line: Let her clothes grow thin


MRS. BISWAS BREAKS HER CONNECTION WITH ANOTHER RELATIVE       
First Line: Nobody can please her except god
Last Line: She is that type of girl


MRS. BISWAS GIVES ADVICE TO A GRANDAUGHTER       
First Line: What did I learn in loretto college
Last Line: You sit here I am coming


MRS. BISWAS GOES THROUGH A PHOTO ALBUM       
First Line: Mrs. Biswas goes through a photo album
Last Line: Canvas -- only that one kept my beauty


MRS. BISWAS OF MARYLAND ON THE PHONE       
First Line: That sindhi boy is keen on you
Last Line: A scholar, but that sindhi, tsch, clever in accounts


MRS. BISWAS REMEMBERS MOOKHERJEE       
First Line: Of course I remember mookherjee
Last Line: On his devotions and the other world


MRS. BISWAS'S CAREER AS A PAINTER       
First Line: After school, mr. Chandana gave us lessons
Last Line: Transferred to flower arrangement as a charity volunteer


MY BROTHER, THE WEDDING       
First Line: Daddy walks me slowly past the guests and they rise
Last Line: I don't recognize anyone
Subject(s): Brides; Churches; Honeymoons; Wedding Song


NIGHT ON THE QUEEN MARY       
First Line: Counting heads to new york
Last Line: Your own voice picks up someone's else's
Subject(s): Greyhounds; Travel


NIKOS AT 42    Poem Text    
First Line: Today's like yesterday
Subject(s): Idleness; Marriage; Laziness; Sloth; Indolence; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


NIKOS AT 42       
First Line: Today's like yesterday
Last Line: And all those who are sore at me, we'll take the quick %embrace by the door
Subject(s): Idleness; Marriage


NIKOS OF CARAVY STREET       
First Line: Nikos, she said, don't kill yourself
Last Line: One minute left for dead, %the next putting on aftershave
Subject(s): Life; Social Problems


NO COMPLAINTS       
First Line: I look at my books, but I don't want to read
Last Line: Then I open my door to the street


NO COMPLAINTS       
First Line: Poverty, what do I plan to do?
Last Line: Ink: it's on my hands
Subject(s): Love


NO SABOTAGE       
First Line: The soul goes in search of omega
Last Line: Spent, elated you are on the road
Subject(s): Sabotage


NUDES       
First Line: Manet degas in a book
Last Line: Nude room I'm in the middle of
Subject(s): Railroads; Travel


OAM SRI RAM       
First Line: If oam has forms, they will come to us
Last Line: Like desire traversing a throat


ON THE FAST TRAIN       
First Line: I began thus: a rajdhani express
Last Line: Bewildered among aunts and blurry station doors


ONE WEEK IN THE VILLAGE       
First Line: But he saw my lost look %near other women bathing
Last Line: No books to brace %them in the havoc
Subject(s): Vacation; Villages


PANDAVAS' GAMBLE       
First Line: Returning from the capitol
Last Line: To go now meant take nothing
Subject(s): Cities; India; Travel


PATANJALI, SELS       
First Line: I came to meditation thinking
Last Line: Above everything I wish you well


PERGOLA       
First Line: Let me tell you about roses climbing
Last Line: Roses you've read too much about
Subject(s): Courts And Courtiers; Flowers; Gardens And Gardening; Roses; Spain


PERSONAL ADS    Poem Text    
First Line: So I paid her twice a week
Subject(s): Divorce


PERSONAL ADS       
First Line: So I paid her twice a week
Last Line: Children you never had will ask you why
Subject(s): Divorce


POSTCARD AT VERTIGO BOOKS IN D. C., SELS       
First Line: In the photo of billie holiday at the 1957 newport jazz festival
Last Line: Glamour-we look for it and it's not there
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Famous People; Holiday, Billie (1915-1959); Jazz; Music And Musicians; Photography And Photographers; Singing And Singers


POSTCARDS & TELEGRAMS       
First Line: When you were out of town, and the red flag
Last Line: Boulevards or a sky's unreal blue


PREFERENCE OF VISHNU       
First Line: Now to change a cloak a ring
Last Line: I'd rather hold the world on my thigh


PUJA       
First Line: If you're hungry, why don't you eat
Last Line: Not to miss the man, but his echo


QUIET DEATH IN A RED CLOSET    Poem Text    
First Line: Fourteen anniversaries
Last Line: Someone had to go
Subject(s): Absence; Death; Separation; Isolation; Dead, The


QUIET DEATH IN A RED CLOSET       
First Line: Fourteen anniversaries
Last Line: In marriage, %someone had to go
Subject(s): Absence; Death


RADHA       
First Line: What do they say of me - that I'm
Last Line: While it lasted those green and rainy days


RADHA ON QUEEN MAYA IN RED SANDSTONE       
First Line: Yes never mind the flickering lamp %I am lying on my side
Last Line: Small a railing medallion %on a stupa I called my world


RADHA TO KRISHNA ABOUT THEIR DIFFERENT COLORED SKINS       
First Line: Even in this dark country %we say dasa darkone go to hell straight to
Last Line: That's what we are to them myth


RADHA-PANDORA-EVE       
First Line: I opened the lid between the thighs
Last Line: Change this coming out of me roses


RAHIM MULTANI: 1. KING PRAWNS       
First Line: When kiran went out of town I took the girls to get haircuts
Last Line: Nights we wore our best saris, women everywhere rustling %in the room
Subject(s): Friendship - Selectivity; Youth


RAHIM MULTANI: 2. A DROPPED SHAWL       
First Line: There he wsa rahim, owner of the delhi palace grand, in
Last Line: His cousin, but a brother from the camp; not a brother, his %best friend
Subject(s): Unfaithfulness


RAHIM MULTANI: 3. IF ONLY A TASTE       
First Line: A car came from the delhi grand
Last Line: His look asked would you and I said I would
Subject(s): Love; Unfaithfulness


RAHIM MULTANI: 4. A HUSBAND'S RETURN       
First Line: I was expecting rain for a week no rain came
Last Line: Held rahim's scent and nothing else
Subject(s): Marriage; Unfaithfulness


RAJDHANI EXPRESS       
First Line: Protests painted on walls by the railway
Last Line: Stretch northward, cropless and rich


RAMAYANA       
First Line: You cabled tomorrow I am coming
Last Line: Froze between the moon and me
Subject(s): Bombay, India; Family Life; Travel


RAS MOHUN       
First Line: I hear bill hancock's hammer fastening sheetrock
Last Line: Is there for keeps, plying the air like a flag


READING THE POEM ABOUT THE YEW TREE       
Last Line: And they will be expecting me when I arrive


REMEMBERING JEAN RHYS       
First Line: To think of bitter memories back in one's sleep
Subject(s): Memory; Rhys, Jean (1894-1979)


REMEMBERING JEAN RHYS       
First Line: To think of bitter memories back in one's sleep
Last Line: Writing, roughed and ready, dressed to the nines
Subject(s): Memory


SEETA    Poem Text    
First Line: Thinking myself between cities
Last Line: My life did not comprise me it was so brief
Variant Title(s): Seeta In Her Old Age
Subject(s): Aging; Life; Old Age


SEETA       
First Line: Thinking myself between cities
Last Line: My life did not comprise me it was so brief
Variant Title(s): Seeta In Her Old Ag
Subject(s): Aging; Life; Old Age


SELF AND SOUL TAKE TWO       
First Line: My hair was black as night sea
Last Line: In my name and a red door to the house
Subject(s): Identity; Self; Soul


SERVICE; FOR DEEPIKA       
First Line: We gathered at the university
Last Line: For us. Later we watched him pocketing food


SHUFFLE       
First Line: Foolscap the shape of whys
Last Line: Young one wet in my womb thinking
Subject(s): Grandparents


SKIN       
First Line: Even in this country
Last Line: Peppercorn cinnamon cane


SMELL OF LEATHER       
First Line: He's round up five of us and any child
Last Line: Shoes lacked as a boy, recalled as a father


STAR-READER, PALM-READER       
First Line: At central library in bombay, my eldest cousin
Last Line: The city's glittering streets to celebrate


SUNDAY SCHOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: The blue-haired ladies thought us refugees
Last Line: A bicentennial flush with millennia
Subject(s): Religious Education; Sunday Schools; Yeshivas; Parochial Schools


SUNDAY SCHOOL       
First Line: The blue-haired ladies thought us refugees
Last Line: A bicentennial flush with millennia
Subject(s): Religious Education


SUNDER JETHANAND: JETH IS YOUR FATHER       
Last Line: Your name stays like a feature of my mind


TEMPLE; MARYLAND, 1974       
First Line: One thing everyone knew you could do was talk
Last Line: Agarbati, rose water, and your own musk


THANKSGIVING AT THE CRANBERRY BOG       
First Line: Collecting firewood on a breezy trail
Last Line: Continents speak as if we'd never left them long ago


THE LOVER    Poem Text    
First Line: I took the train from patiala
Last Line: Iíll raise my girls, then Iíll be back to taste the morning
Variant Title(s): The Lover New Delhi, 1965
Subject(s): Love Affairs


THE POSTCARD AT VERTIGO BOOKS IN D. C., SELS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the photo of billie holiday at the 1957 newport jazz festival
Last Line: Look for it and itís not there
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Famous People; Holiday, Billie (1915-1959); Jazz; Music & Musicians; Photography & Photographers; Singing & Singers


TIFFIN FOR TEA, LORRY FOR TRUCK       
First Line: To say he got out of his village by cunning
Last Line: Fog owns the morning and you can't travel
Subject(s): Fathers; Immigrants


TO ANGELINA FROM NIKOS IN HIS OLD AGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The time comes, angelina, and the day's blinking
Last Line: So all my life I rode my horse
Subject(s): Old Age


TO ANGELINA FROM NIKOS IN HIS OLD AGE       
First Line: The time comes, angelina, and the day's blinking
Last Line: So all my life I rode my horse
Subject(s): Old Age


TO IMRAN IN BOMBAY       
First Line: Salaam aleikhem, imran, once more
Last Line: The eyes of planes, the lights of travelers
Subject(s): Bombay, India; Hinduism; Religion


TO RICHMOND AND BACK       
First Line: We hope after william marries
Last Line: A two-karat ruby in prongs
Subject(s): Driving And Drivers; Richmond, Virginia; Travel


TO TARA       
First Line: I am writing to you, tara
Last Line: And ashok is moving to delaware


TO TELL YOU HONESTLY, IT CAN'T HAPPEN       
Last Line: The empty spaces, calendars, maps, your expectant face


TRAIN WINDOWS       
First Line: Give me the summary, you said. What did
Last Line: Peered back as greetings to a traveller


TYPE A    Poem Text    
First Line: Blind date is how I lucked out with him
Subject(s): Love; Romeo & Juliet


TYPE A       
First Line: Blind date is how I lucked out with him
Last Line: The right place the time he was out of sight
Subject(s): Love; Romeo And Juliet


TYPE A PERSONALITY       
First Line: It was my one year anniversary dating him
Last Line: And this is about time & location location location
Subject(s): Relationships


UNDA-WALA, THE EGGMAN; PATIALA, PUNJAB       
First Line: They say I waited at the windowsill
Last Line: Still cycling around in patiala


UNDERGROUND; PATIALA, PUNJAB, 1966-67       
First Line: Mummy said mali dug the shelter
Last Line: With us, but we left them bleating on the lawn


WESTERN-TRAINED IN THE OTHER WORLD       
First Line: He bolted out of bed full of ideas
Last Line: A fox-trot, saw yourself in black tuxedos
Subject(s): Death - Children; Hospitals; Physicians; Sickness


WHAT A FISHER GIRL SAID IN DEFENSE OF ABSENCE, HER LOVER       
First Line: At least he kept his promise %he said I'll make you rich
Last Line: Did I contain your %desire for the myth of me


WHAT I WAS THINKING WHEN HE DIDN'T WRITE       
First Line: Helen lives in germany
Last Line: And my love is pushing me with his hard wind
Subject(s): Letters; Writing And Writers


WHAT MY BEST FRIEND SAID TO CONSOLE ME       
First Line: Neera says the tall virginian
Last Line: You have two years I have one
Subject(s): Consolation


WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A MAN       
First Line: When infatuations buried me
Last Line: She is shallow, the brain of a bird
Subject(s): Hearts; Love; Love Affairs


WHEN I WAS A HOUSEWIFE       
First Line: Give me a second to get caught up with fashion
Last Line: Afternoons fly like a saturday
Subject(s): Housewives


WHITE ELEPHANTS       
First Line: New to us: white elephant sale ads
Last Line: Lead a pilgrimage or a parade


WHITE ELEPHANTS II       
First Line: We might've been better off somewhere else
Last Line: And bronze elephants waiting on the front steps


WHITE OAK, 1975       
First Line: Home was where they added strips of tarmac
Last Line: And all night we'd smoke in unlocked cars


WIDOWS: A SECTION OF THE LAW BOOKS       
First Line: What about their celibacy?
Last Line: And I do not know what equals adultery
Variant Title(s): A Section Of The Lawbooks: Widow


WILLIAM'S VISIT    Poem Text    
First Line: He came like a slipknot his car
Last Line: Pretend it's paris june light until eleven o'clock
Subject(s): Automobiles; Guests; Travel; Cars; Visiting; Journeys; Trips


WILLIAM'S VISIT       
First Line: He came like a slipknot his car
Last Line: Pretend it's paris june light until eleven o' clock
Subject(s): Automobiles; Guests; Travel


WINTER AFTERNOON       
First Line: What god freezes our lighted fountain
Last Line: This much is true, untrue, how you pine
Variant Title(s): Ghazal On A Winter Afternoo
Subject(s): Jealousy


YOU REMEMBER DRIVING ON SHIRDI ROAD       
Last Line: The empty spaces, calendars, maps, your expectant face


YOUR WIFE HAS GONE TO BARODA ON HOLIDAY       
Last Line: Is clear, go to india and come back