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Two Poems

Two Poems S H A I L E N D R A S A K A R t h e s t i n g o f t h e p a s t A song stops in the middle of singing a reel snaps while being viewed a failure turns back as it walks a voice ends in the middle of speech the ancient wary black cat glaring at you in the dark is set to pounce from the farsighted wall of the past there is a certain place to look a corner to see oneself in a picture album tossed away in some cupboard that keeps distracting the self the past has a certain enclosure yes and all around a smell the smell of a familiar crone-girl wife maybe the smell of an old newspaper or the stench of an old vest drenched with sweat stuck to the skin teeth clamping down on ancient duskiness breath moving up and down an aged chest the dilemma of old honor old warped glasses old torpor old fear and blame a newborn son peering into an ancient mirror 87 t h e n a u n d a n d a h http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2001 University of Hawai'i Press.
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Abstract

S H A I L E N D R A S A K A R t h e s t i n g o f t h e p a s t A song stops in the middle of singing a reel snaps while being viewed a failure turns back as it walks a voice ends in the middle of speech the ancient wary black cat glaring at you in the dark is set to pounce from the farsighted wall of the past there is a certain place to look a corner to see oneself in a picture album tossed away in some cupboard that keeps distracting the self the past has a certain enclosure yes and all around a smell the smell of a familiar crone-girl wife maybe the smell of an old newspaper or the stench of an old vest drenched with sweat stuck to the skin teeth clamping down on ancient duskiness breath moving up and down an aged chest the dilemma of old honor old warped glasses old torpor old fear and blame a newborn son peering into an ancient mirror 87 t h e n a u n d a n d a h

Journal

ManoaUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 1, 2001

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