Zakia, Priya, KumKum, Talitha, Sivaram, Thommo, and Mathew listening to Sivaram, gone digital with his iPad, to read 'Burnt Norton' by T.S. Eliot
The poets we read were from the world over: India – 1, Britain – 3, USA – 2, and Greece – 1. Two were read in translation from Malayalam and ancient Greek respectively. Only one poet was a woman. The readers were split, 4 women and 3 men.
Talitha reading 'The Great Lover' by Rupert Brooke
The missing four readers lost out on the great enthusiasm with which the New Year’s session started. The Malayalam poet’s idiom was modern and Sappho speaking through the voice of her translator came through as a lyricist (and lyrist) of love and longing.
Priya in soft focus
T.S. Eliot, a favourite of Sivaram since college days, was recited for the third time in our group whose collective memory is preserved at Poets& Poems, here to the right.
KumKum reads fragments of Sappho as Priya and Talitha watch
Our general mood, always enlivened by the give and take of exchanges, ended on a note of great merriment when Mathew read from Ogden Nash.
Priya reading Balachandran Chullikad's poem 'Winter in Stockholm'
Here are the readers at the end of the session (Joe is clicking and Zakia was away).
Priya, Talitha, Thommo, KumKum, Sivaram, Mathew at the end
For a full account and the text of the poems click below.