Today's poem is "LOVE SONG (SURAT, GUJARAT, 1992)"
from Visiting Indira Gandhi's Palmist

Elixir Press

Kirun Kapur grew up in Hawaii and has since lived and worked in North America and South Asia. Her work has appeared in AGNI, Poetry International, FIELD, The Christian Science Monitor and many other journals and news outlets. She has taught creative writing at Boston University and has been a poetry fellow at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Vermont Studio Center and McDowell Colony. Her poems were awarded the 2012 Arts & Letters / Rumi Prize for Poetry. She lives in Massachusetts, where she is the creative director of The Tannery Reading Series.

Books by Kirun Kapur:

Other poems on the web by Kirun Kapur:
Three poems
"From the Afterlife"

Kirun Kapur's Website.

About Visiting Indira Gandhi's Palmist:

"I'm thrilled to read a book that encompasses many phases of history, several religions, multiple myths, family stories, eros and terrorism, poetry and war, cultural clashes and cultural overlaps. What can possibly include such range without sprawl or stereotype? Poetry, and Kirun Kapur is a true, gifted poet."
—Robert Pinsky

"Where does a life truly begin? With birth in a new country? Or do we begin in the blood of our mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, grandparents and cousins, those who escaped horror and those who did not? In this absolutely superb collection of poems, Kirun Kapur captures the spiritual resonance of the past on the present, the pull of the old world beneath the push of the new, the leaving and the forgetting of what refuses to be forgotten. Visiting Indira Gandhi's Palmist is a stellar debut by a major new voice among us."
—Andre Dubus III

"Through poems that are masterfully paced and densely layered, Kapur sets out to explore the tensions of our most basic human bonds: love and duty, violence and communion, family and nation."
—Ned Balbo

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