Robin S Ngangom

(1959 / Imphal, Manipur / India)

Robin S Ngangom Poems

1. NATIVE LAND 11/2/2017
2. POEM FOR JOSEPH 11/2/2017
3. POET 11/2/2017
4. FLIGHT 11/2/2017
5. TO PACHA 11/2/2017
6. LAST WORD 11/2/2017
7. BODY 11/2/2017
8. Writer 6/23/2012
9. Houses (After Cavafy) 6/23/2012
10. After ‘jashn-E-Azadi’ 6/23/2012
11. 15 August 2008, Northeast India 6/23/2012
12. Hill 6/23/2012
13. Funerals And Marriages 6/23/2012
14. Poetry 6/23/2012
15. The Ignominy Of Geometry 6/23/2012
16. Primary Schools 6/23/2012
17. My Invented Land 6/23/2012

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Primary Schools

I remember only the detritus of schools
which taught fear,
where only nuns seemed to believe
in the power of the written word and punishment.
There was a boy in the middle of it all
who once forged his father’s signature
in order to dodge a maths test
and spent the whole day in a World War II cemetery
sleeping between roses and epitaphs.
The intimidation of books from Glasgow
made him steal small notes and coins from his father
which admitted him to a mystic circle
of titbits, cannabis, and adult tales
far away from pink rooms and uniform ...

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A writer can survive without a car
but a window with his palm
feeling the breath of a street
or a garden, a few weeping pens
and clean sheets are indispensables.
He can live with the moon
as his eastern neighbour or with pines,
cantankerous mynahs or even factories.
As of now freedom of expression

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