Kamala Das
Punnayurkulam, Thrissur District in Kerala
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The Looking Glass

Rating: 3.8

Getting a man to love you is easy
Only be honest about your wants as
Woman. Stand nude before the glass with him
So that he sees himself the stronger one
And believes it so, and you so much more
Softer, younger, lovelier. Admit your
Admiration. Notice the perfection
Of his limbs, his eyes reddening under
The shower, the shy walk across the bathroom floor,
Dropping towels, and the jerky way he

Urinates. All the fond details that make
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Dr Tapan Kumar Pradhan 25 August 2013

Feminist poetry at its best. I think it is an open challenge to Men. Women can easily make men love them by throwing before them armpit's sweat, periodic blood, curly hairs and polished skin - just like one would throw bread crumbs and dry bones before a dog! Superb writing though. Kamala is a powerful poet of human emotions.

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Heather Wilkins 11 July 2013

looking through the looking glass at love. a well written poem. expressing many thoughts.

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ps ssssss 01 February 2018

How pessimistic and sarcastic

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Pissss 25 September 2018

You can do that optimistic people serving thing..You know

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9ikkie 24 January 2020

You get it! Most people dont see the sarcasm!

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Jayan 21 December 2020

I want Malayalam translation

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Bill Cantrell 08 October 2020

This is quite an amazing poem with a uniqueness that demands the eye not to leave the page! ! Very well written! ! !

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A Kamaladas brand poem. Man-woman relation is considered by her to be a formal one involving the body only.

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Bijay Kant Dubey 25 January 2020

In The Looking Glass, is she seeing her face or the beloved her face? Who is whom? The Looking Glass is a poem of man-woman relationship. Is love only sexual, bodily and physical? She asks it. Can the soul be not loved? Why to be a woman?

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Ratnakar Mandlik 06 February 2019

Secrets shared in a wonderful style.

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