The Black Hen

It must come as leaves to a tree or not at all yet it comes sometimes as the black hen with the …

Still Life

When she left me after lunch,I read for a while. But I suddenly wanted to look again and I saw the half-eaten …

Self-Portrait

I resemble everyone but myself, and sometimes see in shop-windows despite the well-knownlaws of optics, the portrait of a stranger, date unknown, …

Prayers To Lord Murugan

Lord of new arrivals lovers and rivals: arrive at once with cockfight and banner— dance till on this and the next three …

Extended Family

Yet like grandfather I bathe before the village crow the dry chlorine water my only Ganges the naked Chicago bulb a cousin …

Elements Of Composition

Composed as I am, like others, of elements on certain well-known lists, father’s seed and mother’s egg gathering earth, air, fire, mostly …

Chicago Zen

I Now tidy your house, dust especially your living room and do not forget to name all your children. II Watch your …

Astronomer

Sky-man in a manhole with astronomy for dream, astrology for nightmare; fat man full of proverbs, the language of lean years, living …

A River

In Madurai, city of temples and poets, who sang of cities and temples, every summer a river dries to a trickle in …

Astronomer By A. K. Ramanujan

Astronomer Sky-man in a manhole with astronomy for dream, astrology for nightmare; fat man full of proverbs, the language of lean years, …

A River By A. K. Ramanujan

A River In Madurai, city of temples and poets, who sang of cities and temples, every summer a river dries to a …

Self-Portrait By A. K. Ramanujan

Self-Portrait I resemble everyone but myself, and sometimes see in shop-windows despite the well-knownlaws of optics, the portrait of a stranger, date …