Rita Banerjee’s Hindi poem, “एक रात में” (“Ek Rāt Meṃ,” “One Night”) is now available for streaming through Tahoma Literary Review‘s Soundcloud. You can listen to the original Hindi and English translation of the poem here. A copy of the Hindi poem follows below:
एक रात में
मैंने एक रात बािरश के हाज़ार नाच सुने
चूड़ी की तरह आकाश टुकड़े टुकड़े हो गया
गली के आइने में पृथ्वी उलटी लगी
पानी के िहलने से सब दुिनया बदलने लगी
और मेरी तस्वीर भी दूसरी हो गई
चारों तरफ़ आकाश के नाच में
असली दुिनया नक़ली लगने लगी
और पानी के एक एक टुकड़े में
चाँद हँस रहा था।
Banerjee’s Hindi / English poem “One Night” (एक रात में) is featured in Issue 13 (December 2018) of the Tahoma Literary Review. You can order a copy of Issue 13 of The Tahoma Literary in print or on Kindle.
Rita Banerjee will be be featured on Goddard College’s “Bon Mot” radio program at 5 pm EST on Sunday, November 11, 2018. The radio program will air on 91.1 and 91.7 FM Vermont. The show is hosted by Rick Argan and Banerjee will be be reading from her poetry collection Echo in Four Beats and her new nonfiction manuscript on race, sex, politics, and cool. The show can be live-streamed here: or listened to via podcast archive here: https://soundcloud.com/wgdr
On April 21, 2017, writers Kazim Ali, Rita Banerjee, Amanda Golden, Shadab Zeest Hashmi, Patricia O’Neill, and Sejal Shah examined the life and work of Kashmiri poet Agha Shahid Ali (1949-2001) at the Poets House in New York City during their panel “Rooms Are Never Finished: The Legacy of Agha Shahid Ali.” Celebrated for bringing the ghazal into English, Ali’s work explores cultural ties and divisions, the enduring qualities of love and friendship, and the difficulty of maintaining both. These writers highlighted Ali’s groundbreaking work in their new collection of essays, Mad Heart Be Brave: Essays on the Poetry of Agha Shahid Ali (Ed. Kazim Ali, University of Michigan Press, May 2017). A recording of their essays and discussions on Ali’s work can be found on the Poets House website here.