Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

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Engraving of a Bison on Stone

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

Engraving of a Bison on Stone

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

Engraving of a Bison on Stone

The land resists
Because it cannot be
Tempted, or broken
In a chamber. It records,
By carefully shuffling the leaves,
The passage of each storm, rain,
And drought. The land yields
In places, deliberately,
Having learnt warfare from the armies
It fed. The land is of one
Piece and hasn't forgotten
Old miracles: the engraving of a bison
On stone, for instance. The land
Turns up like an unexpected
Visitor and gives refuge, it cannot be
Locked or put away. The land
Cannot sign its name, it cannot die
Because it cannot be buried,
It understands the language,
It speaks in dialect. 

from Distance in Statute Miles (Clearing House, 1982), © Arvind Krishna Mehrotra 1982, used by permission of the author


Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

Arvind Mehrotra Reading from his Poems

1The Sale



4Canticle for my Son

5The Roys

6Engraving of a Bison on Stone

7Distance in Statute Miles

8Two Lakes

9Where Will the Next One Come From?

10Company Period

11On the Death of a Sunday Painter

12After Maluk

13Bhojpuri Descant

14Approaching Fifty



17Locking Up

18I Cannot Live here All my Life

19Dream-figures in Sunlight

20Bharati Bhavan Library Chowk Allahabad

21Ironing Lady

22Death in an Art Deco House

23The Fracture

24Herodotus, My Mother, and Civets

25The Meal

26Summer Break

27Paradise Flycatcher

28Picking Pole

29Hedge Scissors 30Hoopoe 31Seven Sisters 32Looking Out

Books by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra