First Will and Testament

First Will and Testament
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Description:

Author: Debasish Lahiri
Pages: 132
Year of Publication: 2012
Price: Rs 200
ISBN:
978-93-5045-033-8 (9789350450338)

About the Author:
Debasish Lahiri teaches English Literature at Lal Baba College. He lives and works in Kolkata.

Teaser:

The Body’s Second Coming

I
Many centuries slept
When you slept,
With eyes turned inwards,
Enjoying vignettes of your body’s history.
Meanwhile the world
Hid its ashes
Till I found them one day:
Skeletons of flowers;
The mystery of moths
That killed themselves
In one closed volume;
Friendless vows in flawed letters,
I found them all.

II
Many centuries desired you
And buried their dead,
Till I dies in your sleep
To plunder the burial-chamber of desire.
My gain is your desire’s body
As it shall now come:
My solitude’s second coming.

A review of the book appeared in the May 2013 issue of Transnational Literature (a journal brought out by Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia). You can read it here.

Contents:
73 poems spread over 7 sections

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