Manu Dash

Rookie [Manu Dash] (4 July 1956 / Odisha, India)

Biography of Manu Dash

Manu Dash poet

Manu Dash joined ‘Anam’, a literary movement, in 1974 that gave a new face to Odia poetry. He’s an acclaimed writer in both English and in Odia. He has two collections of poems and short stories, four collections of essays and six works of translations. He is currently editing The Dhauli Review (www.dhaulireview.com) , a triquarterly of Indian writing.

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Diwali in a Cancer Ward

No candles were lit,
nor the bursting out
of firecrackers heard;
only enduring silences packed
the dark womb of corridors.

My father waited helplessly
for the biopsy report,
yet to arrive from Mumbai,

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