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Of Bahurupis, Us, and “Afghan Girl”
what does a Bengali author who is currently based in Columbus, Ohio do?
does what she is destined to do…learn, discover, broaden her creative horizons,
stretch her intellectual capabilities, and grace aaduna’s pages with her poetry.
Torsa Ghosal (photo provided)
Torsa Ghosalweaves thematic
stories in the poetic tradition to captivate and embrace her readers. She brings a sense of intrigue and subtle
mystery to the interactions of her characters.
And I know you are wondering about the term “Bahurupi.” Ms. Ghosal states, “Bahurupis are quick-change folk artists who beg on the streets of Bengal,
whet your appetite for what is to come, enjoy the first few opening stanzas of “Bahurupi
the bus brakes on National Highway 34 between
& Berhampore I decide to worship Lakshmi
I would have the owl, her mount, bring wealth.
long hauls that stray dogs out of breath
long to sit cross-legged on a lotus in a eutrophic lake.
From the goddess, I will learn poise.
he comes dressed as Shiva, as always sour blue
streams along the jute sideburns pasted on his
sun-bitten I imagine like a stone fruit.
arm stretched as a kingdom on the river peak
at the elbow under the weight of alms.
Noon sounds his
are excited that Torsa Ghosal is now a part of
the aaduna community!
for her poetry in the summer 2016 issue coming to you at the end of the month.
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