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Autumn 2008, vol 6 no 3


Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih


moonless night
the yard flickering
with glowworms
  first spring rain
the bus shelter
only half-finished
deep summer
every clothesline overrun
by clambering squash
  trees planted--
a blue-winged butterfly
perches on my arm
rain for days--
only soldiers' clothes flapping
on sagging line

Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih was born on 4 April 1964 in Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India. He belongs to the Khasi tribe. He writes poems and short stories in both Khasi and English. His poetry, widely published and anthologized, is collected in two volumes in English and three in Khasi. Nongkynrih works as a Reader, Department of English, at North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong.

He was awarded a Fellowship for Outstanding Artists 2000 from the Government of India, as well as three bursaries for Khasi texts from the Government of Meghalaya. He also received the first North-East Poetry Award in 2004 from the North-East India Poetry Council, Tripura.

Some of his poems have been translated into Welsh, Swedish and several Indian languages. Nongkynrih has read his poetry in several cities in India, Bangladesh and the United Kingdom, where he was invited to participate in "The UK Year of Literature and Writing, 1995".