Rukmini Bhaya Nair

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Rukmini Bhaya Nair is an eminent linguist, award winning poet, writer and critic of India. She won the First Prize in the All India Poetry Competition in 1990 organized by The Poetry Society (India) in collaboration with British Council.

Rukmini Bhaya Nair received her Ph.D at the University of Cambridge. She specializes in cognitive linguistics and critical theory. She is a professor ... more »

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Feasts (A Song For Spice Girls Everywhere)

When at nights you feel
On another's tongue
Slanderous asafoetida

Lime's quick murderous knife
Sliding in among
Wild strawberry orgies

Arabesques of garlic
Curvaceous around
The sentinel cloves

You wonder about desire
How it can be found
Delicate as rose water

Or frank as coriander
Rising from your lover's
Breath, mustard fumey

What lingers after
You consume each other
Is this memory of spices

Dancing salt waltzes
And mint fritillaries
Waving to parsley fronds

Which is why the milky
Delicacy of ...

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