Kali of Kalighat, Chitpur, Bengal, 1870
  Which way's up, Doc?  

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  Vol I : issue 4

  Gloria Orenstein
  Tapan Raychaudhuri
  Paula Gunn Allen
  Prayag Shukla
Shrikant Verma
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Paula Gunn Allen

Having turned left at Albuquerque

We were allowed to see

purple hills reflecting purple waves

azure surf, white white foam

of course no one knew

whether we had come from west

or east, so saying Ďa left turní

leaves a lot shall we say


Having turned left at the heart

of the Southwest and given

up on the promise of Seven Cities of Gold,

Santiago del Conquistador

sunning in Spain beckons

Jesus in bronze by K.S. Radhakrishnan

Borrachitarme Voy

It isnít as though anyone

listened much in those days ó-

in movies slinky post-War women wore

tight-woven soft black straw hats

lightly brimmed, alluring veiled,

and post-War girls wore shiny black patent leather shoes.

Inside their soles Buster boys and magic frogs

plucked promises that only Letís Pretend could keep.

Halcyon days of Ralston and Cream of Wheat

were not at all like these where everything up

for grabs goes tediously unresolved. Still

alfalfa fields nod quiet in the blaze of July sun,

and arroyos flood sudden violence down down

and never reach the wine-drunk sea.

Every season someoneís brother drowns.


Paula Gunn Allen is a former professor at UCLA. A leading Native American
feminist author and scholar, she lives in Berkeley, California