Today, a former colleague of mine from India, a teacher of English (he's a list member too -- rather shy, he loves to lurk) sent me this picture which I must share with you. Poetry of the Sunset -- that's what I'd like to call it -- the violet hour, as Eliot wrote, that brings the sailor home from sea.

From: Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, November 20, 2011 12:29 PM
Subject: Re: OT -- TS Eliot poetry prize 2011 shortlist

I was just perusing myself at Google when I came upon this piece
composed some six years back. Ah, poetry has its own moods!
Yester night, it was All Hallows' Eve. 
The moon dipped a little below the horizon. 
But I could see it still, smiling draculously, 
Its bare teeth of brazen witches. 
Its grin rang in the trees around my house 
And the wind whistled among the lows. 
The stars espied the earth as never before, 
Staring from the sockets of so many graves. 
The night-sky was littered with them. 
And yet, they made merry in their madness 
As though they were my next door neighbors 
Waking the night with drunken revelry -- 
Or some distant kin who had long left 
For another planet. 
- CR Mittal 
Never too late, I suppose.
You'll kindly excuse me the liberty.
- CR 
From: Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, November 20, 2011 11:48 AM
Subject: OT -- TS Eliot poetry prize 2011 shortlist

came upon it a while back - so just in case
TS Eliot poetry prize 2011 shortlist 
Alison Flood,, 20 October 2011
"Described as the "most demanding of all poetry prizes" by chair of judges 
Gillian Clarke, the 10 nominations for this year's TS Eliot award are a roll-call 
of poetry's great and good. "To me an exciting book is one that makes me 
want to be a poet – to stop and write a poem at that very moment. It's a
book which is plugging in to the chemistry and excitement about language 
which we all need before picking up a pen," said Clarke. "All these books 
[we've chosen] are nourishing, exciting and challenging. Some are more 
challenging, others more nourishing, but all are tremendously important 
to us in their different ways – in quiet ways and in pizzazzy ways.""  

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