Yuyutsu R. D. Sharma,
one of the most distinguished authors of
author of The Lake Fewa & a Horse; Space Cake
, & Other Poems from Amsterdam Europe and , Around Annapurna, America
and five other books of poetry will read
photo by Patricia Seaton
* at on November 5 at Noble Coffee Roasters, Rte. 207, Campbell Hall,
* at on November 7 at Baby Grand Books, 7 West Street in Warwick,
* and at p. m. at Morrison Hall, SUNY
, Orange . Middletown
Enemies of Poetry
A monkey’s anarchic
hand tears apart
a weaver-bird’s nest
hanging like an embroidered dream
from the green
core of a bamboo grove.
A critic’s frog
eye dabbles with colors
of a rainbow of a poem
on a cold table of Establishment.
what would you prove?
that poetry doesn’t mean anything?
and that like the earth itself it is dying?
How many villages
of silences would you bulldoze
an empire of lecherous tycoons?
How many mantras,
mountains and riverbeds would you
swallow to raise
reeking pyramids of audio-visual cassettes
compact discs and Internet
wherein like an ancient
king’s bejeweled mummy
a wail of poetry shall feverishly
for the restoration of a regime of written words.
A good looking career woman
shall rise out from a showman’s wet bed
and start putting
her makeup on for a bestseller’s blurb.
Enemies of poetry shall
first blast a poet’s
innocent, aerial hand
drawing pure mandalas
of lilting alphabets
on a crisp homemade sheet of paper
and laying the last
flower on the poet’s garve
the color T.V. on.