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Painted the Sky
|by Dr. Rama Rao Vadapalli V.B.|
A poem that painted the sky, Indira Babbellapati,
Indira Babbellapati, a Professor of English, is already renowned as a notable poet after being included in Femininity – Poetic Endeavour, published in the year 2015. As the blurb tells us she has made her presence felt in international poets’ conferences which also included literary translators and festivals like SAARC Literature Festival. She has been acclaimed an acclaimed and very fine literary translator. She tells us that she has written this poem when she was twelve. Some kids ask us questions that shock or bewilder us but he is twelve-year -old who came out with astounding faculty of thinking:
This is a slender volume carrying just sixty poems most of them in less than fifteen or twenty lines. Their brevity gives the reader plenty of time to ponder the efficacy of imagination and skilled expression. The poet did the first thing first- thanking he companion young woman who provided an inspiring cover design and never pretending illustrations which are apt. Only on drawing which is there should have been fitting for the poem ‘A poem sliding down the glass-pane’.
There is a poem A wholesome mother (p. 40 ) about a female who was forced into the flesh trade who surprised the poet asking “Ashamed? Why should I? and walked away in sheer confidence. This can be is easily adjudged the best of the poems in this collection proving the dignity of being a woman and a mother.
There is a three - part poem As the evening faded I, II, III which concludes thus:
There are many poems on the ubiquitous passion, L O V E. But there are things which describe uniqueness. They are presented here for they explain themselves. At least there is one which is erotic:
Faith and devotion are the strengths of femininity. Before the idol in the sanctum sanctorum the act of prayer comes from the innards of the heart:
There is maturation and crystallization in the poet and this is consummation devoutly to be prayed for. Brevity is the hall mark of both. The depth of feeling and imagination hasten and soften expression.
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