Edges of Ice

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Author: Manjushree S. Kumar
Pages: 140
Year of Publication: 2014
Price: Rs 200
978-93-5045-091-8 (9789350450918)

About the Author:
Manjushree S. Kumar holds MA degrees in Psychology and English (for which she was awarded the Gold Medal) and did her Ph.D. on Paul Scott’s novels from JNV University, Jodhpur. Her dissertation was published by the University of Michigan, USA. She has taught literature and language at colleges and universities in India and was Guest Faculty at the Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur, where she taught courses on Shakespeare, creative writing and technical communication. Her areas of interest include Shakespeare, Keats and Whitman. She writes, narrates and presents television programmes for the Consortium for Educational Communication on English studies at the Universities Multimedia Research Centre. Dr Kumar has collaborated on a ten-part TV film on Shakespeare’s tragedies as well. She has participated in academic conferences within and outside of India and her papers have been published in national and international journals. Writing poetry has been her chief vehicle for self-expression. Her poems have appeared in Temba Tupu! (Walking Naked): Africana Women’s Poetic Self Portrait, an anthology brought out by the Department of African-American Studies, Emory University, and the National Library of Poetry, Maryland.


Sacred Starkness

It was life surging through her.
She grazed, contented –
Her gaze on the gratifying green.
In a proximity that hurt
Was the cage of bones?
“Sans teeth, sans taste, sans eyes,
Sans everything.”
The spread was green,
With little yellow mustard toppings.
Was it the endless moments,
Or the few yards,
That stood
Between the two visages?
The green was there
For the grazing white form,
And a white,
In the stark, bony emptiness.


Introduction / 9
Preface / 13

Edges of Ice / 15

The Soul’s Ultimate / 47

Khayal Within / 79

Voices / 109

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