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Maurya  Simon

Maurya Simon

The author of seven collections of poetry, Maurya Simon lives in the Angeles National Forest of California’s San Gabriel Mountains and is a professor of Creative Writing at the University of California-Riverside. In 1990 she went to India as a

Russell Market
by Maurya Simon

What I want most is what I deeply fear:
loss of self; yet here I stand, a “memsahib,”
all decked out in wonder, and still a stranger
amid the harvest, old gaffar at my side.

Here’s a pandit preaching in the flower stall:
he turns funeral wreaths into wheels of rapture.
I must shrug off my notion of knowing anything