The Saturday Shine

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Author: Shamman Roshan
Pages: 134
Year of Publication: 1998
Price: HB Rs 200, FB Rs 100
ISBN:
HB 81-7595-300-4 (8175953004)
FB 81-7595-301-2 (8175953012)

About the Author:
Born and brought up in Punjab, Shamman Roshan moved to Delhi as a graduate student where he worked as a clerk to earn his Master’s degree from Delhi University. Within a year and a half, he moved to the United States where he earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in 1976. He has taught at many universities in India, Africa, and the United States.

Teaser:

The Mute Rilke

deep gold flushed leaves
feeding
the mute Rilke
his starved mythological eye
the night drizzle
his endless hearing
the pulsation
in the symbols
lost life after life
their interior distances
remembered

the almond’s crisp immensity
within him
always hears the stones
singing the solitary pit
deliberate
dauntless dirge
his moment of arising

again
the extra-curricular
burgeoning
lulls within Eurydice
the stone’s transparent torso

the solid sagacity of his sounds
in flux ash flame
survives the river’s speculation
through muscular thrush lyre

the sad sculpture
holds the selfless waves
gathering Orpheus’ stillnesses
the ultra stone-head
lantern

Contents:

LOVE & PAIN / 11-78
Mandala / 13
The Doors / 14
Night Fall / 16
Formlessness / 17
Somehow / 19
Hold / 21
Glistening / 23
The Sand Paper / 24
Wax Pool / 26
Home Gaze / 28
Life Drawing Home / 29
The Sand Context / 30
The Exiled / 31
A Metaphor / 32
Ashok Kumar / 34
To Shabana Azmi / 36
The Mixed Blood / 39
Watch / 40
The Crow Image / 43
A Self-Shadow / 45
Yet the Ivory Law / 46
Of the Bell / 51
The Exchange / 52
Tracing / 53
The Sudden Dying / 55
Naming / 57
The Select Spaces / 58
Incomplete Man / 60
Grief / 61
The Word I Heard / 63
Amitesh Prayer / 65
Next Faith Edge / 66
The Sharp Object / 68
The Self Mirror / 69
Friendship / 71
At the Self-Mirror / 74
The Self Shore / 75
Suspension / 77
Anshul Prayer / 78

STILL PASSING ASHES / 79-132
Night Pegs / 83
Towards the West Lady Like Edge / 84
The Seed Sprouts / 86
The Earth Hand / 89
Across the Bridge / 93
Evening / 96
Nirankari Guru / 97
Your Seeldess Sensation / 102
The Night Is Mine / 103
Sleep Once Again / 104
The Mute Rilke / 107
Rexroth’s Voice / 108
Ashoka / 110
Edgar Allan Poe / 111
Sati Myth: Roop Kanwar / 112
Koran: Grandmother’s Quest Speech / 115
Of Smita Patil / 118
The Raj Kapoor Night / 120
Raj Karni: Memory and Mother / 122
Princess Diana / 125
Hukam Chand Malhotra: Waking / 128
Frank Sinatra: An Image? / 132

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