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The Sand Libraries of Timbuktu: Poems

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AuthorRohinton Daruwala
Published LanguageEnglish
Publication Year2016
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Rohinton Daruwala’s poems unfold like a baramasa, an almanac of seasons and sensations, exquisite torments and explosions of delight. He essays a sensuous portraiture of place, invoking torrential monsoons, arid summers, railway bridges at night, libraries in deserts. [He] spells out a frank eroticism in the textures and flavours of fruit… at the same time, [he] is entangled in the hypermodern present. He gathers traces of the loved one from residues both material and digital… [He] maps the city, not only through the portraiture of human protagonists, but also through the micro-ecologies inhabited by butterflies and sparrows… In Daruwala’s handling, the poem can be an oblique parable, a brief lamp of wisdom in the wind of distraction: light as breath, yet as essential.’ÑRanjit Hoskote

About the author
Rohinton Daruwala lives and works in Pune, India. He writes code for a living, and poetry and speculative fiction when he can. He tweets as @wordbandar and blogs at His work has previously appeared in the anthology To Catch a Poem and in magazines such as Strange Horizons, New Myths, Star*Line, Liminality and Through the Gate.

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