Nanthamizh Nangai belongs to the younger generation of women poets. She was born in the year 1979. She started writing poems in 2005. A soft-spoken poet with strong conviction on the core issues of life and literature. She has a doctorate in Tamil studies to her credit. She is working as an assistant professor in Stella Mary’s College, Chennai. Has been contributing poems, articles and reviews in various literary magazines in Tamil. She has compiled texts of plays by women dramatists.
Her first poem collection captioned Mayiliragai Varudum Nirvanam with 70 poems, reveals the sensitive poet in her.
She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
In those moments
when I happen to listen to reasons incomprehensible
the sky turns pale and starts descending
With the pressing burden
weighing so heavy with a whipping suddenness
slaps on the head
You might spill stories of
Coincidental falling of palmyra fruit
synchronizing the alighting of a sparrow
even the breeze would scorch and burn
You try to bring back the cool breeze
Oh, please stop
Go about doing any other work
is not some peacock-feather
but a mirror smeared with mercury.
2.Myself in Her
Wiping off my squeamishness
she makes an image of
The dancing damsel
Adorning the corridors of the shrine
With boobs exposed.
Embracing tightly the tears that clung to Earth
Heavy downpour lashed around.
The bubble that came alive
Underneath the water
After several moments of being alive
Would deposit my broken self too in the underground sewage
Or the lake with the swell of garbage.
With norms turning bitter
even one little drop proves
Translated from Tamil by Rajaram Brammarajan
These poems were originally published in http://www.museindia.com and published here with their kind permission.