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Ms. Militancy, poems by Meena Kandasamy

Ms. Militancy, poems by Meena Kandasamy

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Published by Sampsonia Way
When Meena Kandasamy speaks about the contemporary issues of her native India, she incisively reveals the societal assumptions that assign specific roles to people based on caste or gender. When she turns her attention to the past, she deconstructs the heroes. She uses her poetry like a scalpel to dismantle stereotypes.
When Meena Kandasamy speaks about the contemporary issues of her native India, she incisively reveals the societal assumptions that assign specific roles to people based on caste or gender. When she turns her attention to the past, she deconstructs the heroes. She uses her poetry like a scalpel to dismantle stereotypes.

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Published by: Sampsonia Way on Jul 01, 2011
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Once my silence held you spellbound
 (on reading bell hooks) 
…..denial of democracy follows the assertion of authority…..manipulating machinery of the state metes out violent punishment…..or at patriarchy’s refined best doles out verbal harassment…..likewise exploitation and entanglement and estrangement share…..a common platform that is threatened by the fear of exposure…..and the terror of betrayal and everything leads to devaluation…..of the militating marginalized who seek to disrupt dismantle…..and destroy the status-quo even as they struggle against…..the erasure of identity that robs them of expression and…..makes them exiles condemned to remain voiceless…..speechless tongueless incapable of any transgressYou wouldn’t discuss me because my sufferingwas not theoretical enough. Enough. Enough.Enough. Now I am theoretical enough. I am theatrical enough.I have learnt all these big big words.I can use them with abandon.I can misuse them. I can refuse them.I can throw them about and one day,I can throw them out.I am the renegade who can dropthese multi-syllable monstersfor stylistic, studied effect.I am the rebel who can drop them altogether.I invent new ones every passing day.FYI, OED consults me. Roget’s Thesaurusfinds it tough to stay updated. But because I use these bedeviled wordsthe way you use me never meansthat I have stopped seething in anger that I have stopped swearing. 

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