Day 17: "White Elephants" by Reetika Vazirani
White Elephants confused and dazzled me. There is universal emotion, wonderful word play, samplings of other languages. In truth, I wanted to hear it read--and might try to find a reading.
I want to reiterate or iterate that it is not the poet's job to explain their work. Or make it completely accessible, or...
I love diversity and can appreciate it--even though I don't always stereotypically "get" it.
Vazirani writes about a cross play of different cultures and religions--detailed swathes. I FEEL those words and cultures. I just don't have the context I wish I had.
"Calcutta, for Jai" creates a wonderful narrator. Young and vibrant, searching, and giving advice as well as a description of the city. Artfully rendered.