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Madhavikutty

Recently, on my annual visit to Kerala I chanced upon the poetry collection “Only the Soul Knows How To Sing” by Kamala Das, better known to Keralites as Madhavikutty.

Only The Soul Knows How To Sing

Only The Soul Knows How To Sing

I seldom read poetry, but I had come across some of her poems in an anthology during my college days and had been fascinated by them. The wordplay and rich imagery are captivating, the ideas conveyed, to me, are of loneliness and longing.

I eagerly brought this one and began it right away. Although by nature I am not very reflective, this collection drawn from her vast repertoire evoked a range of emotions from philosophical reflection to sadness, particularly since she passed away this year. Sometimes poetry expresses in a line, a thousand thoughts. The puerile controversies she was often mired in notwithstanding, she stands vindicated in her work. I feel humble.

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