Give Us This Day a Feast of Flesh

9788189059330

Navayana,

Language: English

110 pages

Price INR 180.00
Book Club Price INR 125.00
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‘Powerful liminalities, threshold moments of transit and transformation, are at play in the poems of N.D. Rajkumar’—Biblio

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‘Powerful liminalities, threshold moments of transit and transformation, are at play in the poems of N.D. Rajkumar’—Biblio

Where the word becomes flesh, where reason is dazzled and magic reigns supreme: in that world delves Rajkumar. Sensuous and ferocious, the poetry of Rajkumar cracks open a world that offers the modern reader stunning glimpses into a magic-drenched, living dalit history. Born into a traditional shaman community in a border town between Kerala and Tamil Nadu, Rajkumar revels in his ability to claim disparate discourses as his poetic subjects. His angry goddesses of unreason and excessive emotion embody unfettered power, independence and freedom—elements excised from the daily life of the dalit.

Anushiya Ramaswamy, through her inspired translations, and in an essay that locates Rajkumar’s insurrections in a global literary context, shows how the poet is not writing for inclusion into a centre: he has re-drawn the lines in such a way that the centre itself is meaningless. The centre must fear the Other, the Mohini, the darkness, the Isakki, the mother with her breasts full of the poisonous essence, for

We who cannot experience

The Brahmam

Link hands and walk

With our Jungle Gods.

N.D. Rajkumar

N.D. Rajkumar is a poet and musician who has published four volumes of poetry in Tamil. Till 2014, he used to work as a daily wage labourer in the Railway Mail Service in Nagercoil, and now teaches music for a living. His poems appeared in English as Give Us This Day a Feast of Flesh.