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I spread out earth’s green bed
I pull in sky’s blue veil
I place sun and moon on two pillows
I remove grass’s attire
I indulge in play with you.
Translation from the Hindi
By Sudeep Sen
Ashok Vajpeyi (b. 1941) has published thirteen books of poetry and five books of literary criticism in Hindi, plus four books on the visual arts and music in English. His work has been translated into many languages, with books in English, French, and Polish. He has also received the Sahitya Akademi award, Kabir Samman, and high civil honors from the governments of France and Poland. A poet, critic, editor, and lover of arts, he lives in Delhi where he is also currently chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi, the National Academy of Visual Arts.
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