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Sunday, September 28, 2008
Let me introduce Bimjhana Bishwokarma. If you have read my first post on 9/28--"On the Same Poem"--you will know that we met during the luncheon where I read "Mountain Time" and discussed it with the luncheon guests. Bimjhana was among them, and when it came her turn to have me sign my poem, she gave me one of hers and told me a bit about herself. I invited her to stay in touch, which she did. Here is a segment from the email giving some of her family history.
"My dad was a reknowned journalist, writer (esp. poet), and politician (the forefront leader against caste system) in Nepal. He passed away long time ago. I wish I had more time with him. Someone is writing a book on him, and I am getting to know him better than I ever had. i was barely 15 when I lost him. I have been asked to translate his work. Like I told you before, translation is really difficult job. I have lots of my father's books with me, but they are in Nepalese.
My mom is a social worker and journalist in Nepal. You can probably google her. Her name is Mithai Devi Bishwokarma. She visits me often, so next time she is here, I would make sure she meets you. My brother is also one of the top journalists in Nepal. He was working as a stringer in New york for a while and currently is back in Nepal, working as a senior media officer for United Nations. My sister is a graduate in English literature and writes short stories and teaches in high school. My brother-in-law is also a poet.
As for me, I used to write poetry since I was small. I first got published when I was 7 and had a poetry collection at 16. I write articles, memoirs, but mainly poems. i work as a scientist here at Wake Forest University - in regenerative medicine. I have not been actively writing currently. Thus, being there at your recitation was a true satiation for me. i am very very fortunate to have known you."
Here is the poem that Bimjhana handed to me.
Arcane Utopia Vs. Mundane World
Entwined in my own arcane imaginations ..I let my reality go wild on me. Bit by bit... I live up my fake Utopia.... And in a jiffy, mundane world fails me!
This celestial feeling and this cul-de-sac ..I play blindfold with piety and guilt. On every path I cross, there is a snare! I cry out loud in the vicinity of entrapment, Insanity laughs at me offering refuge. I run...run....and run... Away from ...?... don't know what ....! After ...?... don't know what ...!!
And still it seems like I'm in a moratorium. My destiny stands forth like a mirage, And of course insanity lures me! World... or .... Utopia?!? My jurisdiction collapses. ...cold state of indecisiveness!
I've lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina since 1968, though I'm a native of SW Georgia. My paternal grandmother was born in the Blue Ridge, and I grew up wanting to live here. Where I am.
I've published five collections of poetry, the most recent 4 being with LSU Press, and have published poetry in magazines ranging from The Atlantic Monthly to Appalachian Heritage. But I also hike, bang pots and pans around in my kitchen, and love several dogs who leave fur all over my carpets. I write poetry because it's my way of singing back to the world both within and without.