At Artful Dodge, we value the power of world literature and modern writing. From issue 46/47, we bring you one of the many poems translated from the Bengali female poets by Carolyne Wright. Accompanying image, found here, selected by editorial assistant Ananya Shrestha.
The Young Man’s Bath by Debarati Mitra (translated from the Bengali by Carolyne Wright with Paramita Bannerjee)
Clattering down the dilapidated steps
the boy has gone to take his bath.
Some instrument plays in the highland passageway,
from the uterine interior of the trees
colored sparks of fire fly up, showering
into the fountain.
He rolls down shivering in the current
a bow’s luminous taut string.
Enchanted youthful water comes flying
and shatters him,
carries him off in fragments
like the white stones’ natural handiwork.
One of the sleeping thighs
pulls the distant mountain’s birthplace
into the stunned womb.
Sloth and the memory of that sun mingle
with the clouds of deep forests covered with leaves.