Of Fireflies, Guns and the Hills

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Author: Babitha Marina JustinWP_20151211_15_20_49_Pro
Pages: 60
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: Rs 150
978-93-5045-106-9 (9789350451069)

About the Author:
Babitha Marina Justin is a Reader in English at the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram. Her poems have appeared in Ogazine, The Four Quarters Magazine, Taj Mahal Review, Kritya and Journal of Post Colonial Literature. She divides her time between teaching, research, painting and poetry.


Uprooted: Part Two

Every day, every night,
young Thangjam Shimrey
dreams of the gurgling forest brook
back home.

He wears the memory of it
around his neck
like his own hyphenated
Naga-Meitei self.
Then he strums his guitar
in the dingy hostel-hole
of a sunburnt city,
and tries hard
not to remember
the groping games boys play,
the grenades whizzing past his ear,
and the cold, sharp slap of water
when he lost his innocence
in Ukhrul’s icy churn.

38 poems spread over 3 sections

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