A Forlorn Community Street

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Author: Pijush Dhar
Pages: 60
Year of Publication: 2009
Price: HB Rs 100, FB Rs 80
HB 978-81-8157-915-7 (9788181579157)
FB 978-81-8157-916-4 (9788181579164)

About the Author:
Pijush Dhar was born in 1941 in Siliguri, West Bengal. In 1964, his job at the Accountant General’s office brought him to Shillong. In 1973 he started his own poetry magazine, Pahariya (Of Hills), which has, over a period of twenty five years, remained his most enduring token of contribution to poetry in Shillong and the Northeast. He was the first to organize a Northeast Poetry Festival in 1986, in Shillong. Dhar has published seven collections of poetry in Bengali, all of them serving to demonstrate his deep admiration for Shillong.


A Forlorn Community Street

When in pieces of an eye-ball
an atomic rain of fire
leaves its frugal sightseeing
and flies yawning about in the sky,
a forlorn community street
desperately clings on to nothingness.

Some people match time, the right position of constellations,
when the rocks and the soil have left behind
their deep oneness of swimming together
to blindly sleep with a round of rain,
its five elements
the forcible antics of their mind.

Translated by Nabanita Kanungo

46 poems

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