kiskiKAHANI (the Ramayana Project)

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In Sanskrit there is a verb, aranyarodhan, which means “weeping in the wilderness”. I discovered the word two and a half years into working with the archetypes of Sita and Lucifer, admired its succinct eloquence, the affirmation that there is a long and even poetic tradition of this act. I had been weeping in the wilderness when they – one lionized, one maligned – began to appear in my poems, echoing what they have done for all eternity. Wilderness. All that is feral, subterranean, primal. The opposition (not merely the opposite) of civilisation. Geographical locations in which the earth, the trees, the stars and the waters conspire. Psychic locations in which one retreats, escapes, hides, heals.  The forest has petrified into a necropolis of statues. There is rumour of a shortage of stars. The nights darken and lengthen, madden with grief.   This heart will sink this body if it turns any more to stone.  * Sita as Lucifer. Discovered in a furrow, raised as a princess, married to the scion of the solar dynasty. She chooses the exile that allows her to be with Rama, then chooses to remain in captivity in Lanka (in a garden like paradise) to preserve his honour. Finally, as a mother, she is cast out again. Most of her life, spent in wilderness. She wanted to be a tree like the men she loved. She held herself against them, the men she loved, and … Continue reading

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