The Reckoning

01 May 2010

Renowned poetess Kamala Das (Kamala Surayya; Madhavikutty) died last May at the age of 75.

One year later, Jeet Thayil remembers her in this 20-line memorial sonnet.

She woke early and read a sura about the Day of Terrors,

The Day of Severance, the Day of the Inevitable,

When one blast shall be blown on the trumpet,

Jeet Thayil  is the author of four books of poems, and the editor of The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets. His novel, Narcopolis, was published in six languages.

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