Category: Poembuster

Indo-Anglican Lamentation

Indo-Anglican Lamentation

W.B. Yeats once wrote in an introduction to a Rabindranath Tagore book written in English, “These prose translations from Rabindranath Tagore have stirred my blood as nothing has for years.” Tagore is Bengali, one...

Revolution’s Habit

Revolution’s Habit

I was in one of those small intellectual bookstores about two months ago — you know, those small business ones where they shelve their books with natural history and economic reform and a customer can’t find...

Youthful Yevtushenko

Youthful Yevtushenko

Recently I perused the poetry shelf of a bookstore, disappointed in the selection it offered.It was a large bookstore (Oxford Books), so it surprised me, but it was in India, so it didn’t, in...

Concupiscent Ice Cream

Concupiscent Ice Cream

I recently read The Emperor of Ice Cream by Wallace Stevens for the first time. I love the first stanza, but I do not get the second. As are other poets, Stevens was also...

Desert Where Frost Is

Desert Where Frost Is

During my short stint with Poembusters, we tackled “Desert Places” by Robert Frost. It’s one of his better poems, yet I did not even know about it until this Poembusters session. Indeed, this poem...

Reconciliation for Whitman

Reconciliation for Whitman

Here we are as a country, about to swear in the first black President of the United States. The first non-white President too, but of course the fact that he is black brings a...

Pound Po City of Choan

Pound Po City of Choan

I am not a fan of Ezra Pound, at least not yet. His elusiveness is something I haven’t “gotten”. However, his translations are something else entirely. “City of Choan” is such a poem. But...

Pound Po City of Choan

Pound Po City of Choan

I am not a fan of Ezra Pound, at least not yet. His elusiveness is something I haven’t “gotten”. However, his translations are something else entirely. “City of Choan” is such a poem. But...