POEM Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee

NWR Issue 115

Our Schizophrenia

Adieu, Derek Walcott: 23 January 1930–17 March 2017

I who have cursed
The drunken officer of British rule, how choose
Between this Africa and the English tongue I love?
Derek Walcott, ‘A Far Cry from Africa’, 1962

From the black shores of Saint Lucia
The sea is still blue for a black man.
Poetry, like the sea, often arrives from
Other shores, and we catch it in our
Salad days with hook, line and sinker;
We bait poetry like fish.

Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee is a poet, writer and political science scholar. His poems have appeared in the London Magazine, New Welsh Review, Rattle, Mudlark, and the Indian Quarterly, among others. He teaches poetry at Ambedkar University, New Delhi.

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