So I Used Gray and other Poems

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Author: Amitava Chakrabarty
Pages: 64
Year of Publication: 2010
Price: HB Rs 120, FB Rs 100
HB 978-81-8157-947-8 (9788181579478)
FB 978-81-8157-948-5 (9788181579485)

About the Author:
Amitava Chakrabarty is a Marine Officer of the Kolkata Port Trust by profession and a journalist, writer and poet by passion. He has written articles for the Hindustan Times and his poems have been published in The Statesman, The Times of India and The Asian Age. His poems have also appeared in journals like Phoenix – the New Life Poetry, Poetcrit-India and Metverse Muse. His first anthology of poems was called Solitude.


IPL in a Village

The Embers of hunger,
Of ruthless exploitation,
The impotent anger arising
Of perennial plunders
Of crimes and commissions
Of the political masters
Is simmering slow
As the idiot-box is aglow
With Cricket Matinee’s Show.

Gaping half-fed eyes,
Fed with sixes and dances,
Splashed with countless colours
In tattered canvas of their lives,
They cheer the cheerleaders;
They relate with themselves
The spicy ads which incite
And enhance their cravings –
Like parched earth of summer.

The burns really hurt
After the last over,
When the pangs of hunger
Return with as much vengeance,
And the chaos surrenders
To the silence of terror
And life limps on
With the leftovers –
Of the coloured oppressors.

46 poems

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