Poetry Thursday: Arundathi Subramaniam

STRATEGIST

from Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry From the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond, edited by Tina Chang, Nathalie Handal and Ravi Shankar

The trick to deal
with a body under siege
is to keep things moving,

to be juggler
at the moment
when all the balls are up in the air,
a whirling polka of asteroids and moons,

to be meretrician of the innards,
calibrating the jostle
and squelch of commerce
in those places where blood
meets feeling.

Fear.
Chill in the joints,
primal rheumatism.

Envy.
The marrow igloos
into windowlessness/

Regret.
Time stops in the throat.
A piercing fishbone recollection
of the sea.

Rage.
Old friend.
Ambassador to the world
that I am.

The trick is not to noun
yourself into corners.
Water the plants.
Go for a walk.
Inhabit the verb.


Arundathi Subramaniam’s books include On Cleaning Bookshelves (Allied, 2001) and Where I Live (Allied, 2005). She co-edited Confronting Love (Penguin, 2001), an anthology of contemporary Indian love poems in English.

Hall of Shame: Each Senator Who Voted to Acquit

(Can you appreciate the fact that it took self HECKA long to list the names? She was on fire this evening!)

Lamarr Alexander (TN) * John Barrasso (WY) * Marsha Blackburn (TN) * Roy Blunt (MO) * John Boozman (AR, For real, there’s a Senator called BOOZMAN?) * Mike Braun (IN) * Richard Burr (NC) * Shelley Capito (WV) * Bill Cassidy (LA) * Susan Collins (ME) * John Cornyn (TX) * Tom Cotton (AR) * Kevin Cramer (ND) * Mike Crapo (ID) * Ted Cruz TX) * Steve Daines (MT) * Mike Enzi (WY) * Joni Ernst (IA) * Deb Fischer (NE) * Cory Gardner * Lindsey Graham * Charles Grassley * John Hawley * John Hoeven * Cindy Hyde-Smith * Jim Inhofe * Ron Johnson * John Kennedy * James Lankford * Mike Lee * Kelly Loefler * Mitch McConnell * Martha McSally * Jerry Moran * Lisa Murkowski * Rand Paul * David Perdue * Rob Portman * James Risch * Pat Roberts * Mike Rounds * Marco Rubio * Rick Scott * Tim Scott * Richard Shelby * Dan Sullivan * John Thune * Thomas Tillis * Patrick Toomey * Roger Wicker * Tod Young

Tuesday Photo Challenge: REST

Self loves the idea of REST.

REST is crucial to her creativity.

Recently, she had an opportunity to see an amazing exhibit at the Bakersfield Museum of Art:

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Night. Rest. Nocturnes. What a beautiful theme.

Not to mention: The paintings she saw were otherworldy, powerful in their depictions of this special and mysterious time of day.

For instance, Jessica Dunne’s, which showed a San Francisco street in fog:

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Just after she drove down to Bakersfield, the Bay Area had a brief string of sunny days. Gorgeous! Self went to the backyard, for the first time in weeks, and saw an eight-foot-high bush completely covered in bright, yellow flowers. So many flowers, she could barely see the green.

What is the reason for such a ridiculous display, flowers? She never fertilizes and barely waters. This is a common euryops, which is the landscape plant of choice for new subdivisions. But she’s never seen them throw out flowers in a display so in-your-face! That’s the ony way she can think to describe it. It is so overpoweringly extra. She took this picture early in the morning:

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Euryops, February 2020

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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