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Bucolic Bengal: Poems On Rural Life 

These poems are based on the rural life of West Bengal. It’s a collaborative work, featuring images by award-winning photographer Plabon Das.

These poems are based on the rural life of West Bengal.
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These poems are based on the rural life of West Bengal. It’s a collaborative work, featuring images by award-winning photographer Plabon Das: 


Crossovers recoup the breach
and water evokes 
figures of fellowship.   

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These poems are based on the rural life of West Bengal.

II 

Clay or cut — 
frolics do not cease 
over trifles. Riverside 
hosts the young as 
clouds burst into drizzles.  

 

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These poems are based on the rural life of West Bengal.

III

Kash reveals autumn. 
Fisher plies shallop to 
pluck the floating plenty.

 

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These poems are based on the rural life of West Bengal.

IV

Fancies fathom no ceiling. 
Can iris assess the zenith?
Kites are born of chimeras. 

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These poems are based on the rural life of West Bengal.


V

Travelers garner around the Baul. 
What does he chant?
Melody unfurls…

Govinda manifests across 
the bank of Ajay.  

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VI

Argil raises the hovel.
Bamboo and retted jute stem 
mould to model.

Owl assures daughter
acts like the goddess.   

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These poems are based on the rural life of West Bengal.

VII

Her gaze is fixed. 
Mien limns the reality. 

 

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These poems are based on the rural life of West Bengal.



(By Kiriti Sengupta)

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