Vivek Wrote About one Mr. S

Sivakami Velliangiri

Sivakami Velliangiri

Vivek Wrote About one Mr. S was accepted as part of the MSU Library Short Edition call for work on the theme of “recovery,” in coordination with the MSU Broad Art Museum's exhibit of Beverly Fishman's art, also called Recovery. Sivakami Velliangiri is a poet, born in Madras and brought up at Trivandrum, and now living in Chennai. When Sivakami Velliangiri was Sivakami Ramanathan she published her poems in Youth Times, and in various other literary journals. Professor Srinivasa Iyengar included her among the women poets in his History of Indian Writing in English (1980). She is Founder Member and Co-curator of The Quarantine Train, an online Poetry Workshop. Her online Chapbook In My Midriff was published by Lily Literary Review. ‘How We Measured Time’ is her debut poetry book. Her poems appear in The Penguin Book of Indian Poets, edited by Jeet Thayil, April 2022.

The political parties have polished the pillars   
the walking pavements have been glossed     
stone has become mosaic.

Swaminathan Iyer, ex IIT, has a Sunday group   
they are a restoration club holidaying to culture sites  
they have perspectives on the glory of the past.

Impossible to rework on embossed marble 
even the shadows of the Devanagiri script  
cannot be reached by rubbing sand-paper.

But sometimes, there is a small piece of rough stone
bulging, protruding, as if eggs hatched inside:        
the script is dented and you can feel if it is Telugu or Tamil.

Or in the courtyard huge pillars might lie like dead trees 
abandoned, and this is where the recovery happens;   
the bird brained politicians would have saved the cost

of transporting a 1010 year old piece of architecture.  

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