First Will and Testament

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

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


The Body’s Second Coming

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.

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.

73 poems spread over 7 sections

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