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Tripuraneni Srinivas

Tripuraneni Srinivas

The poet I am introducing in this article left this world in a hurry, in an auto accident at an age of 30. Tripuraneni Srinivas hails from a family of well renowned literateurs. During his tenure in various editorial capacities at leading Telugu papers and mags, Srinivas spared no efforts in bringing out new voices in Telugu literature. Telugu literary world lost a great friend and suppoter in his death. Without further ado, I present you ..

#kavitvaM kAvAli kavitvaM
tripuranEni SreenivAs

kavitvaM kAvAli kavitvaM
aksharaM niMDA jalajala lADipOyE
kavitvaM kAvAli kavitvaM

prajala meedE rAyi
prajallOni anAdha gAdhalameedE rAyi
kavitvaM rAyi
kAgitaM meeMci kannulOki vennulOki gannulOki
doosukupOyE kavitvaM rAyi
alA oka vAkyaM cadavagAnE
Satruvu ThAretti pOvAli
amAyakuDu Ayudhamai hOretti pOvAli
kavitvaM vEru vacanaM vEru
sAdA seedA DeelA vAkyaM rAsi kavitvamani bukAyiMcaku
kavitvAnni vaMciMcaku
vacanamai tElipOtAv

kavitvaM kAvAli kavitvaM
aksharaM niMDA jivajiva lADipOyE
kavitvaM kAvAli kavitvaM

fuT nOTsulu unnadi kavitvaM kAdu
aksharAniki akshramE vivaraNa athOj~nApika leMduku
civarAkharna brAkeTlu peTTEdi kavitvaM kAdu
sAnubhootiki sahAnubhootE sahajAnubhooti kuMDaleekaraNA leMduku
akkaDi kakkaDE vADi guMDe ceelci booju dulapAli
dabAyiMcAli dhan mani gan vai pElAli
kavitvamai kAcukO anAli
tuppal teppal mATal rAlci kavitvamani morAyiMcaku
kavitvAnni vaMciMcaku
vacanamai sOlipOtAv

kavitvaM kAvAli kavitvaM
aksharaM niMDA kuvakuvalADE
kavitvaM kAvAli kavitvaM

j~nApakAla lOyalni tavvaku
ayyO pApaM anaku
sAgadeesina sAnubhooti vAkyAloddu
jAli jAli EDupumohaM DrAmAloddu
ataDi ChAteemeda dhATeegA reMDu nammakAlni rAyi
dhairyaMgA SouryaMgA ataDnoka veeruDni cey
kavitvamai ataDiki kApalA kAy
cettal buTTal mATal rAlci kavitvamani gheeMkariMcaku
kavitvAnni vaMciMcaku
vacanamai puDatAv

kavitvaM kAvAli kavitvaM
aksharaM niMDA kaLakaLa lADipOyE
kavitvaM kAvAli kavitvaM#
(First published in Andhrajyoti Daily, Feb 19, 1989; reprinted in the poetry anthology
"kavitA O kavitA", Editor: Papineni Sivasankar)


English rendition
A note: I included implied words in paranthesis, thereby offending this poet:-(

"Poetry Needed, Poetry"
Tripuraneni Srinivas

Poetry needed, Poetry
Which gushes, full through each letter
Poetry needed, Poetry.

Write on people.
Write on the hapless stories of these people.
Write poetry
which penetrates, from the paper, through the eye, through the spine and into a gun, write
(such) poetry.
Just as a line is read,
The enemy should bolt away in panic,
(Even) an innocent should roar, like a weapon.
Poetry is different from prose.
By writing simple, straight, wimpy sentence, don't pass it off as poetry.
Don't deceive poetry.
(If you do,) you'll float away as prose.

Poetry needed, Poetry
Which is lush, full in each letter
Poetry needed, Poetry.

It is not poetry which has footnotes.
The letter is explanation enough unto itself, what need for annotation?
It is not poetry, enclosed in paranthesis
Empathy is the natural reaction to sympathy, what need for paranthesis?
Right there, (it should) tear open his heart and clear away the cobwebs.
It should be resolute, it should explode like a gun.
This poetry, it should attack.
By raining heaps of worthless words, don't hoodwink that it is poetry.
Don't deceive poetry.
(If you do,) you'll be worn out as prose.

Poetry needed, Poetry
Which buzzes and hums, full in each letter
Poetry needed, Poetry

Don't excavate the valleys of memory
Don't repent
(We) Don't want extended sentences of sympathy
nor the pity filled, weepy faced dramatics.
On his chest, confidently inscribe (just) two beliefs.
Make him a warrior, with courage and valor.
As poetry, stand guard over him.
Upon dropping baskets of trashy words, don't bray that it is poetry.
Don't deceive poetry.
(If you do,) you'll be reborn as prose.

Poetry needed, Poetry
Which is lustrous, full in each letter
Poetry needed, Poetry