The golden labyrinth
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The poems in Simon's captivating fourth volume describe the labyrinth of India, an overwhelming, difficult place for a foreigner to explore, but a country that seems to offer a transcendent good at its core for those who can learn to find it. From a ragged boy spontaneously bursting into song on a street corner to a beggar-woman whose offering of all she has left-a frail dirge-'defies her terrible hunger,' Simon's images remind us again and again of what she learned in India: that 'each small world transforms itself.'--Page 4 of cover.
Table of Contents
Power of visible. Want ; Tableau vivant ; Mothers of invention ; Russell market ; Karma ; Monsoon ; Street scene ; Leah in the vale of tears ; The ugly dog ; Commercial street ; Pride ; Letter from Bangalore ; Dharma ; The golden labyrinth ; Bangalore lullaby. -- Travels with Rao. The bishop of Mysore ; village market ; pondicherry ; Tribals ; Nagarahole ; In the Nilgiris ; At the Kabini River ; Banded krait ; Periyar Lake ; At ranganathithu bird sanctuary ; Kodaikanal. -- Power of the invisible. The flying swami ; The yogi speaking ; Karma again ; Taj Mahal ; Solitaire ; Radha addresses Krishna ; Shiva's prowess ; Elegy in a snowstorm ; Alex in Hindustan ; Meditation at twilight ; Ars Femina ; Veerappan ; Maya.