Nagaland and other poems


Hornbill Festival


Conversations with old friends
Remembering the good old bad old
Days in Nagaland.
Bonding and exchanging of views.

Talking of the Hornbill festival,
Weaving and craft traditions,
Bamboo and indigenous knowledge
Folklore and folk songs.
Rice beer and dried pork
Dal, chaawal and laipatta.
Having squash and kachu
And fish pie.
Christmas songs and blessings.

Graduate School

Reading Structuralist Poetics
And Writing and Difference
And S/Z by Barthes brings up
Old memories of
Graduate school in Syracuse.

Poetry workshops,
Celestial Seasonings tea,
And Fig Newtons.

Chinese New Year

Celebrations in Syracuse
With friends from Mainland China
And Hong Kong.
Dances and food and cheer.

Walking to Westcott store
To get groceries.
Walking back on icy sidewalks.
Going to the International Student’s House
For get-togethers and celebrations.

Rachna Joshi

Rachna Joshi

Rachna Joshi is a poet and reviewer. She has written four collections of poems: Configurations (Rupa & Co., 1993); Crossing the Vaitarani (Writer’s Workshop, 2008); Travel Tapestry (Yatra Books, 2013); and Monsoon and Other Poems (Tethys, 2020). She works as Senior Assistant Editor at the India International Centre

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2 Responses

  1. Avatar Amrita says:

    Certainly to be celebrated. Nagaland . Your poem evokes a love for our culture and heritage

  2. Avatar D K Sharma says:

    Wonde ful specially at a time When Manipur is burning. Having stayed there for long durations , reading your poem my youthful day came back. Lovely friendly people & Very loving Educated Naga’s

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