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[tab id=1](For Toumani Diabate, kora virtuoso)
Seventy one generations,
Twenty one strings.
Swim the deft air, in perfect freestyle.
Like long distance runners
Strumming gazelle legs on earth.
Pluck – let – go,
Joy and sorrow.
When all else is a rumble
Of war drums.
Tell me, Toumani,
How does it feel to play?
Is it better than listening?[/tab]
[tab id=2]Amlanjyoti Goswami’s poems have appeared in publications in India, as well as UK, Africa and USA. A bunch of his poems find place in ‘40 under 40: an anthology of Post-Globalisation Poetry’, published recently by the Bombay-based poetry press, Poetrywala. He grew up in Guwahati, Assam and lives in Delhi.[/tab]