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DA—2 May 30, 2013: Part 2 Ganga was sunken, and the limp leaves Waited for rain, while the black clouds Gathered far distant, over Himavant. The jungle crouched, humped in silence. Then spoke the thunder DA –T.S. Eliot, from The Waste Land In the Brihadaranyaka from the Upanishads, the syllable DA, uttered by Brahma, is a profound lesson to gods, [...] by

Da May 28, 2013: Part 1 Brahma, the Creator, had three groups of offspring: gods, human beings, and demons. After observing great penance and austerity necessary for their spiritual practice, the three groups went to Brahma seeking instruction. The Great Creator instructed them to listen carefully. He uttered the syllable da. He asked if the gods had [...] by

Returning to the Poem May 20, 2013: A man dressed in a loose kaftan pedaled vigorously on his bicycle. Suddenly, he flew out of his seat and crashed to the side of the road. I ran out of my car to check on him, and then returned to search for my cell phone, only to find a stranger attempting to open the car's passenger door to steal my bag. I pleaded with the stranger to hand me [...] by

Sarah Mangold: ‘Writing, Moving, Practicing’ May 15, 2013: Things were astounding enough/the passenger ferry/the steeple/enough to make you die of astonishment —Sarah Mangold, from "I meant to be Transparent" To be transparent, if it is a material, is to let light pass through so objects behind are made visible. To be transparent is also to transmit heat without altering bodies. To be [...] by

Writing ‘About’ (Part II) May 10, 2013: Part II I was introduced to the term "Tibetan refugee" at a young age, as the poet Tenzin Tsundue was. I understood the word to signal a feature of a sentient being, so I thought my classmates were Indian "refugees." The word "refugee," announced and used in English, signified fixed images of despair, displacement, and death. It did not [...] by

Writing ‘About’ (Part I) May 6, 2013: [caption id="attachment_66993" align="alignright" width="500"] Poet Tenzin Tsundue[/caption] I am often asked if I consider myself a "Tibetan poet" and if I write about "Tibetan things." To explore the possible identities and characters within reach, I rephrase and translate the questions: Are the poems political? Are the poems personal? Are [...] by