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Friday, September 21, 2012

Mdantsane Breathing

Amitabh Mitra is a Medical Doctor in the busy hospital Cecilia Makiwane in Mdantsane. He is also a poet and a painter. I have come across his website by pure coincidence and learned that he has written a poetry book about Mdantsane entitled "Mdantsane Breathing".

A widely published poet in the web and print, Amitabh has been hailed as one of the most popular South African poet writing in English today by the Skyline Literary Review, New York.

Amitabh, now settled in South Africa, uses his experience of social interaction and cultural impact from countries like India, Bhutan and Zimbabwe where he worked under varying conditions, in his art and poetry

His first book of poems Ritual Silences was published in 1980. Ten of his most admired love poems are available, with a background of indigenous African music, on CD: A Slow Train to Gwalior, from Harp Records, South Africa. 

Mdantsane Breathing by Amitabh Mitra

Amitabh has a blog as well where you can find his latest artwork and poetry.

We find his poems and his artwork of great intensity and that is why we would like to share this with you.


 on the road to makiwane
grows thoughts
many upheavals of
in larceny
quick and sharp incisions
each bereaving the other
a country rode to democracy
nights swept over this road
in disharmony of conjugal skies
wild grass in abandon
seeks a river
a white morning
seems at time
standing at its edge

Acrylic on Canvas by Amitabh Mitra
 ( originally posted on his blog South African poetry and art of Amitabh Mitra  on 24th of April 2012

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