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A Violet River

Written by Ramanik Someshwar

Translated from the Gujarati by Dileep Jhaveri

Narrated by Bill Wolak


A violet river flows
When I close my eyes
The river has no form no banks
It is filled with dry waters
Motley shadows shimmer
Green yellow or occasionally blue hues
Are layered densely

Forests after forests flow in the river
Even the ocean surges towards it
Within the river swirls another river and
Again it is still
In the river the waters are dry or moist

When I close my eyes
A violet river flows





Ramanik Someshwar took early retirement from the Banking Service to dedicate his time to reading and writing poetry. He is closely acquainted with World Poetry and contemporary Indian Poetry. He has been translated into many Indian languages and has received several awards. He has translated the works of many poets into Gujarati. He has published several volumes of poems and is included in many anthologies.
Dileep Jhaveri is a practicing general physician based in Mumbai and a well-known Gujarati poet and playwright. He has published several collections of poetry in Gujarati. Recently, he has published three books of poetry in the United States, Once This Mist Clears (2014), Fire Writes in Several Scripts (2015), Magic and Miracles (2017), as well as a group of non-fiction essays entitled The House of Three Widows all done by The New Feral Press. His latest translation is titled Breath Becoming a Word: Contemporary Gujarati Poetry in English Translation published by Sahitya Akademi Ahmedabad.


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