[ blog connection 3 – robin ]

After ‘Jashn-e-Azadi’

The kite of the smoky chinars is not a symbol
The rose has migrated from the garden of paradise
Freedom will never come
Poured into goblets waiting to be raised
Martyrdom is a handout from god the hagiographer.
Only poetry of ruins is real.
The dumb rose still blooms
From some beloved breast torn open.

Robin S Ngangom
26 May 2007


Robin S Ngangom is one of the major Indian poets writing in English today. He is based in Shillong and also writes in Meitei.


2 Responses to “[ blog connection 3 – robin ]”

  1. 1 Easterine Iralu November 23, 2007 at 8:16 am

    Hello, if anyone is intouch with Robin Ngangom please tell him I desperately need his poetry because I am trying to teach it at Tromso University, Norway, thanks…

  2. 2 Guru T Ladakhi August 28, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Robin S. Ngangom is not just one of the finest poets writing in India, but also a person of gentle disposition, deep sensibilities and possessing a self effacing humour. I ‘ve been privileged to know him now for many years and a peep into his world of love, loss, loneliness, brutality, brotherhood, bohemia, betrayal and beauty has crystallized into a poem which to me is the Robin I know.

    For Robin the Poet

    A bust cast in bronze,
    heavy and heaved from a millennia of underground sleep,
    wearing silence like a solitary hermit,
    yet you say, “lets drain the lizard”
    when you want to take a piss.

    Shit, grime, murder, mediocrity.
    How much more must a poet endure
    and still keep faith aglow
    in the dark lust-paved streets of your brain?

    A rush of poems leap from the swaying rice fields
    of your childhood and rustle
    in the mist-fraught hills of your youth;
    speaking first then whispering the neurosis
    of soft breasts breaking a boy into manhood,
    of lost identity and collateral butchery,
    of greed, revolution, rape, fear, beauty, pain, hope
    and of a people living on the margins of a nation’s memory.

    What words of comfort can you squeeze out
    from the nipples of your land?
    These armpit towns with their camouflaged agendas
    grow ever so covert and treacherous.
    To say only zealots and martyrs survive here is an oxymoron.
    The rest may be dispensed
    or if you are quirky you could be saved
    by an entirely unprovoked erection
    that temporarily evacuates you of all conscience
    to brave another day
    and perhaps return with a poem.


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Festival screenings

May 26, 2008 / International Video Festival of Kerala
Apr 28, 2008 / Dok.Fest
Feb 10, 2008 / Himalaya Film Festival
Nov 28, 2007 / International Documentary Festival
Oct 12, 2007 / Film South Asia
July 22, 2007 / Osian’s Cinefan film festival

Previous Previews

7 Dec 2007 / School of Oriental & African Studies & Sacred Media Cow
6 Dec 2007 / Workshop Theatre, School of English, University of Leeds
Egham, Surrey
3 Dec 2007 / Royal Holloway, University of London
New Delhi
26 Nov 2007 / Russian Centre of Science & Culture & Magic Lantern Foundation

New Jersey
Oct 5, 2007 / College of New Jersey
New York City
Oct 4, 2007 / Columbia School of Journalism
Oct 2, 2007 / University of Texas
Sep 28, 2007 / Temple University
Sep 27, 2007 / University of Pennsylvania
New York State
Sep 26, 2007 / Vassar College
New York City
Sep 25, 2007 / New School for Social Research
Sep 23, 2007 @ MIT
Sep 22, 2007 / SALDA
Sep 21, 2007 / University of Toronto
New Haven
Sep 20, 2007 / Yale University
Sep 18, 2007 / University of Minnesota

Aug 10, 2007 / Pure Docs, Prasad Preview, Banjara Hills

interrupted previews!! [[ MUMBAI ...
July 27, 2007 (Fri)
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July 30, 2007 (Mon)
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July 14, 2007 / Institute of Agrl. Technologies, Queens Road
July 13, 2007 / Centre for Film & Drama, Millers Road
June 13, 2007, Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar Hall
June 12, 2007, National Film Archive of India Auditorium
May 29, 2007, Blue Moon Hotel
May 26, 2007, Assam Club, Laban
May 12, 2007, Hindi Bhavan Hall
March 31, 2007, Tagore Hall
New Delhi
March 23, 2007, Sarai-CSDS
New Delhi
March 13, 2007, India Habitat Center



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