Poetry at Sangam



“Shanti shanti shanti shanti—when the golden madgirl…” by Joy Goswami

(Translated from the Bengali by Sampurna Chattarji.)

Shanti shanti shanti shanti—when the golden madgirl
sits on the shore eating one sunset after another
sea agape waves of water dried into bloodied sandpits
behind them towns dead mounds of brick-wood brick-wood
dawn noon destroyed, evening midnight over,
soaking up thunderous gold-dust sand-dust from the air
the malevolent madgirl who sits on the shore and chants
Shanti shanti shanti
into her cupped palmfuls of water the suns continually sink…