Hemang Desai

Rookie (8th July,1978 / Valsad)

Biography of Hemang Desai

Hemang Desai, born 1978, is a bi-lingual poet writing in Gujarati, his mother-tongue, and English which he teaches and translates from / into. He has Master's degree in English and holds a Ph.D.for tanslating poems and short stories of the eminent Gujarati writer Sundaram into English. He is a lecturer in English at Vapi, Gujarat, and has major research interest in literary translation practice and comparative study of literary texts, linguistics and communicative grammer. He is presently translating English poems of Arun Kolatkar into Gujarati.

Hemang's English pomes and his translations have appeared in literary journals like New Quest, Indian Literature, Crimsonfeet, Museindia etc. Hemang has had formal training in classical music at Gandharva Mahavidhlaya. He has a number of live concerts to his credit and has been featured on Akashvani, Ahmedabad and a Gujarati TV Channel 'Tara'.

Hemang can be reached at hemangde@yahoo.com.

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Wearing the apparel of sky
tangly matted hair
a shock of stringy dusty beard
purdahing twin-baby pregnant belly
male-turned-female breasts’ nipples peeping,
emerges like an earthworm
from the prehistoric hollow he had crept into as
he loathes light
ephemeral and illusory