Poem of the Week
This untitled poem is taken from the book How to Wash a Heart written by Bhanu Kapil.. Here we see a beautiful example of the lyric-narrative genre.
My grandfather fermented the yoghurt
With rose petals
And sugar then buried it
In the roots of a mango tree.
Come here, he said, extending
The sweetest fruit I have ever tasted
On the far side of the orchard
He grew saffron and the mangoes there
Were red and pink.
In the dry well
He planted a pomegranate tree.
This is where they threw
Can you find your way home
Metallic, the air tilts along a diagonal line.
I smell the pollen of the flowers of the mango tree
Which once concealed
Bhanu Kapil was born in England to Indian Parents. In 1990 she moved to the USA.
In March 2020 Kapil was awarded one of eight Windham-Campbell Literature Prizes.
In January 2021, Kapil was awarded the 2020 T.S Eliot Poetry Prize for her book: How to Wash a Heart.