Author Archives: Meena Kandasamy

About Meena Kandasamy

Meena Kandasamy is a poet, writer, activist and translator.

Translation of Bill Herbert’s ‘Forgive the Flies’ into Tamil

Here’s Bill Herbert’s poem. Forgive the Flies We must forgive the flies because they are so young, their cortices so small, that they don’t understand what it is they crawl on. They greet everything like little deities: sugar and excrement … Continue reading


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Press: Interviews in the Indian Express, Pune edition

(Click the image for a larger file etc!) Shruti interviewed us in earnest, and with such diligence that it put me to shame for whoring myself to word-counts. In what could possibly have been the longest relay interview in the … Continue reading

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Post-autumn : Poem by Raphael Urweider

I am sharing this poem because this is the LEAST expected of me. I have never translated a love poem most of my life, thinking that since the revolution was just around the corner, I had to translate urgent and … Continue reading

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Roman envy

I envy all of you who can type your poetry and it’s translation in the Roman script. Please wait a while for me to get my Tamil in typing order.

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The Times of India Interview

And like Bill Herbert, I too didn’t get to read the Times of India Crest Edition article on the translation workshop. So, here are my answers to Joeanna Rebello’s questions: Q: Translation in literature has always invited debate and scrutiny; … Continue reading

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