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I call this a poem although after creating a beautiful turbulence inside me the words shed their music as they surface and settle into the steadier pattern of prose. I was always hoping to be able to write this. But a poem does not ripen for you, you have to ripen for it.
—  Kamala Das, from “The Introduction,” Selected Poems, ed. Devindra Kohli (Penguin Books India, 2014)