I Hunger Too

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Author: Joe Winter
Pages: 88
Year of Publication: 2012
Price: Rs 150
978-93-5045-026-0 (9789350450260)

About the Author:
Joe Winter was born in London in 1943 and began writing poetry at the age of 19. He taught English in secondary schools in London from 1967 to 1993 and between 2006 and 2011. He lived in Calcutta from 1994 to 2006 where he taught part-time as well. His poems have been published by Writers Workshop, India in a series of 18 volumes. Many of his articles have appeared in The Statesman, Calcutta. He lives in Brighton.


to my daughter, 21

Dear, as you journey through a volcanic country
where nothing grows, the ground is harsh on the foot,
old smoke is in the air, and an acrid smell
tells of an all-too-near and all-too-certain
roar of the wronged (and a new sorrow settles
upon the shoulders of your sisters and brothers
in this or that village), as you see further into
the landscape of loss – taste the weariness, feel it,

for you are condemned to joy. Brushed by wild flowers,
light with a touch of the sky as a woman knows it,
cousin to Nature’s green, you are in no shadow
of her defeat. Open to the vista
of a singed world, still you accept your sentence,
never alone, and near to a father’s love.

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