A Few Things of Consideration
“If we choose, we can live in a world of comforting illusion” -- Noam Chomsky
This a far off place where I am lodged
Between news-nights, a foggy web, shores
Of dawning illusion after the day’s rowing
Is done. Am a chalice half-full, half-seen
This face is me, although another continent
Brown and mysterious earth, I tell all friends
While they are nodding to the lullabies of global-
ization, reading and debating Stiglitz ad nauseum
Desiccated words that drink churned hopes
Therefore, this has to be a mind that swims
I have concurred, where waking lies under
A Delhi sun or a New York cloud ever so
Languid from gaping at gregarious billboards:
Pepsi, Nike and maximum mantras after a
Game of duck and hide daily on our wobbly
Sides as I can see: it is her neck, his body that
Winces quite like mine cries from battles and
For beans, in sincere scare and loathing, searches
A reason to love and call everything by imper-
manent names; for example: I am, or, we are.
© Nabina Das (First published in Danse Macabre)
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How do you think your poetry impacts the lives of others?
--I would like to think it impacts, in helping someone understand diversity, in becoming compassionate, in stopping wars, in raising a voice against injustice. In my university days, I wrote a lot of protest poetry and acted in 'street plays'. I thought these acts of mine had very specific messages and I believed they did impact the people around me. I would like someone to tell me about that...
Who are your writing influences and and what was it about them that inspired you?
-- Family, as I mentioned earlier. Right now, my husband's -- a Francophone scholar -- own reading of poetry and prose provide me a lot of insight and interest in creating what I do. As a kid I was influenced by Rabindranath Tagore, mainly because I read in his biography that he did not attend school formally. Basically, I was looking for an excuse to do the same!
How do you deal with writer's block?
--I don't believe in that! I also define writing as thinking. Even if my writing at times constitutes only a word or a comma... I'm happy that some thought process leads me to put that down on my screen/paper. There may be a block, but not 'writer's', to me it appears to be an external one, say, travel stress, my sick pet, a frozen keyboard, an intruding neighbor, a misbehaving colleague, etc.!