This is the beginning of the joyous monsoon season and Gopa decided to select a poem on rain, and who better to descant on the subject than Rabindranath Tagore? Gopa selected one of his monsoon poems and submitted voice files of her reading the poem on rain ( Rabindranath has written so many). It is called Brishti pore tapur tupur, and you can listen to the Bengali by clicking on the link. She recited the English translation, The rain falls pitter-patter, which can also be heard by clicking on the link.
Saras submitted a number of poems of Vikram Seth from his recent collection Summer Requiem, but being detained at the last moment by unannounced guests, she was not there to express her appreciation. Fortunately, Joe had heard VS recite the villanelle Can't at the Hay Festival in TVM. There's a picture of the poet with KumKum in the blog at
Shoba chose Maya Angelou as her poet, perhaps after Shakespeare, the most recited poet at KRG sessions. It is titled When Great Trees Fall, and tells the effect on us of great personages falling away from our lives. They leave a feeling on un-feeling and the poem describes this state and ends by saying
Calvin Trillin was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1935 and graduated from Yale in 1957. He wrote for Time magazine and published an article on civil rights in 1963 for the New Yorker about integrating the university of Georgia. Ever since he has been a staff writer there. From 1967 to 1972 he wrote a series of articles for the New Yorker about USA, travelling around the country.
Her choice was Naomi Shihab Nye, a Palestinian American poet who has spent time in Jerusalem. Her poems issue from everyday life in the streets, and she is considered an international poet. She was educated in San Antonio, Texas. Her first collection Different Ways to Pray (1980), explores experiences of different cultures. She has continued to publish poetry and one of her collections won the Voertman Poetry Prize. In another collection she has confronted the Palestine-Israel conflict.
Preeti arrived late and we did not have her poems in our Dropbox. I put it there later. The two poems are, She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron, and Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? by William Shakespeare. Preeti drew her pairing of the poems from the 1989 film, Dead Poet's Society (the late Robin Williams was the teacher, who repeated the slogan 'Carpe Diem' to the the boys in school). She said she would justify her pairing and its connection with the film later.
But what we can say is the lines are eternal and the woman will not fade from memory because WS has graven this ending couplet:
Her introduction to the poem by Rabindranth Tagore is here.
Here is the recitation in Bengali of the poem Brishti pore tapur-tupur
And here is the English translation.