Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hudson Valley readings

Yuyutsu R. D. Sharma,
one of the most distinguished authors of South Asia,
author of  The Lake Fewa & a HorseSpace Cake Amsterdam, & Other Poems from Europe and America, Around Annapurna,
and five other books of poetry will read

                                                              photo by Patricia Seaton
* at 7:00 p.m. on November 5 at Noble Coffee Roasters, Rte. 207, Campbell Hall,

* at 4:00 p.m. on November 7 at Baby Grand Books, 7 West Street in Warwick,

* and at 7:00 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.

One-eyed baron
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

to build
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

stretch itself
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

shall switch
the color T.V. on.

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