September 29, 2023


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Bookmarked Musings: The Futility of a Quarrel- Prathap Kamath and the Poetry of Negotiations

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Gayatri Devi talks about three volumes of poetry by Prathap Kamath and shares a critical commentary on a selected cross section of his poems from 2012-2019.

In the poem “Settlement” (Black Spring 2019), Prathap Kamath paints the following scene to us: the clamor and cacophony of a group of mynah birds on a portia tree give way to a muezzin’s call for prayer from a nearby mosque. As the two distinct, mismatched sounds converge, we are invited to switch our senses from sound to that of sight. In the final stanza, the poet sees what the birds do:

They realize,

it seems, the futility

of a quarrel,

neck each other in

little erotic pecks

and make a flowing

arch towards the sun.  (“Settlement”)

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