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Poems

EverBlue Edition

N.D. Rajkumar
tr. Anushiya Ramaswamy

  • Weight: 170 g
  • Number of Pages: 112
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Size: 5.5 x 8.5”
  • ISBN: 9788189059330
  • Licenses: All rights available
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A Navayana Everblue 20th anniversary edition

WHERE THE WORD BECOMES FLESH, where reason is dazzled, where magic reigns supreme: enter the world of N.D. Rajkumar through Anushiya Ramaswamy’s translation. Sensuous and ferocious, his poetry cracks open a magic-drenched, living dalit history. Born into a traditional shaman community in a border town between Kerala and Tamil Nadu, Rajkumar claims disparate discourses as subjects of his poetry. His angry goddesses embody unfettered power and freedom. He writes not for inclusion into a centre. He has redrawn the lines. The centre must fear the Other, the darkness, the Isakki, the mother with her breasts full of poison:

We who cannot experience
The Brahmam
Link hands and walk
With our Jungle Gods

 

N.D. Rajkumar is a poet in the bardic tradition who performs his poetry, setting them to raga-based improvisations. He is from the dalit kaniyan community known for the art of black magic. He has published seven volumes of poetry in Tamil and has written lyrics for one feature film, Madhupana Kadai (The Liquor Shop).

Anushiya Ramaswamy teaches at the Department of English, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, US.

 

‘Powerful liminalities, threshold moments of transit and transformation, are at play in the poems of N.D. Rajkumar’Biblio: A Review of Books

‘As a member of the kaniyar caste among the dalits in Tamil Nadu, Rajkumar uses the shamanistic, magical and supernatural, with which the kaniyars are associated, to fashion an aesthetic that can seem anarchic and is certainly destabilising in its effects on the reader’—DNA

‘I experienced India … as nightmare in play’—John Rufo