Friendship Fortnight 2020: The Language of Friendship

Rajashree Gandhi shared this poem.     The Language of Friendship by WH Auden Easy at first, the language of friendship Is, as we soon discover, Very difficult to speak well… And, unless spoken often, soon goes rusty. Distance and duties divide us, But absence will not seem an evil If it make our re-meeting … More Friendship Fortnight 2020: The Language of Friendship

Friendship Fortnight 2020: Nothing’s Ever Felt More Enough

This poem shared by Srilata Krishnan is written for her best friend, and appears in her newest collection, The Unmistakable Presence of Absent Humans.   Nothing’s Ever Felt More Enough by Srilata Krishnan   It’s five o’clock, night’s a nest trees away, and we are sitting down, already, to eat, sinking into the oasis, like … More Friendship Fortnight 2020: Nothing’s Ever Felt More Enough

Friendship Fortnight 2020: Missing Friends

Another poem chosen by Arundhathi Subramaniam from her oeuvre.     Missing Friends by Arundhathi Subramaniam   In another land my friends are sad. The planet is smouldering, they say, like never before. I remember the times we ordered our brun maskas, ran fingers over formica tables sticky with kolatkar, pound, almadovar, clarice lispector, nammalvar. … More Friendship Fortnight 2020: Missing Friends

Friendship Fortnight 2020: A Little Night Music

Ranjit Hoskote, poet, art critic, cultural theorist and independent curator, readily agreed to select a poem for Friendship Fortnight.  “It is a poem by Vikram Seth, from his early collection, The Humble Administrator’s Garden – and has been with me for more than three decades. It is set in China, where, as you know, Seth … More Friendship Fortnight 2020: A Little Night Music