Robin S Ngangom

(1959 / Imphal, Manipur / India)

Robin S Ngangom Poems

1. Writer 6/23/2012
2. Houses (After Cavafy) 6/23/2012
3. After ‘jashn-E-Azadi’ 6/23/2012
4. 15 August 2008, Northeast India 6/23/2012
5. Hill 6/23/2012
6. Funerals And Marriages 6/23/2012
7. Poetry 6/23/2012
8. The Ignominy Of Geometry 6/23/2012
9. Primary Schools 6/23/2012
10. My Invented Land 6/23/2012
Best Poem of Robin S Ngangom

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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