Pastries Infinite…

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About Sharmila

Sharmila Ray is a poet and non-fiction essayist, writing in English and anthologized and featured in India and abroad. Her poems, and non fictional essays have appeared in various national and international magazines and journals.

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She is an Associate Professor of the Department of History at City College, Kolkata. She has authored eleven books of poetry. She has edited a bilingual anthology of American and Indian writers-Bridging Continents with Gopal Lahiri. She was on the English Board of Sahitya Akademi (National Body of Letters, Govt. of India), Conducted poetry workshops organized by British Council, Poetry Society of India, Sahitya Akademi. She has been reading her poems in India and abroad. Her poems have been translated into Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, Slovene, Hebrew and Spanish and Uzbeck.

She has received many awards for poetry. She has been reading her poems in various National and International Poetry Festivals.

Pastries Infinite…

Pastries were an extension of my growing up years.
Each colourful beauty got located in the experience
and recollection of my childhood.
Pastries, temptation soaked in contemplation…

The lemon tarts always got diffused and made me think
of Klimnt’s Kiss.
All yellow and dripping gold with spots of red…
Van Gogh’s Peach Tree with violet trunk and clusters
of white flowers  took shape in the body of a pink pastry
with a dollop of white cream.
Chocolate truffles always reminded me of
Rembrandt’s universe, a superb orchestration of
earth colours-warm amber, ochre, sienna.

This then was my pastry-world rooting in the depths
of my heart, a bridge across  to something unthinkable, unimaginable.
Believe me pastries could be gems buried in flour, egg and cream
or Chinese lanterns hanging from Van Gogh’s Pear Tree
it could blur all formal representation,become lines and colours taking pride in
Kandinisky’s canvas,

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