i often feel like i am simply an echo of words already spoken, thoughts already realized. thayumanavar has already written and spoken of so many things i thought were my discoveries of the universe. i wonder sometimes if he could see me what he’d think of me. i have tattoos on my hands and wrists to remind me of life and my ancestors’ spirituality. i have a septum piercing as a symbol of my choice to be a warrior-poet in my own way. to be more than the cards i’ve been dealt in life. i am a survivor. i’ll be honest. growing up i hated hearing about him even though i was nicknamed after him. he left his wife and only child (who i am directly descended from) to wander the wilderness and commune with the universe. he never returned. he was burned alive. confused for overgrowth his gardeners burned him with the rest of the unwanted shrubbery. or at least that is how the story goes. he lived in the 1700s which makes him 18th century. he was a well known man. he was the advisor to his king. and when the king died and the queen offered him the crown by way of marriage he went home. told her to keep her gifts. he was tamil. he was a poet too. he is a well loved hindu saint. i always found that funny as tamils are looked down on for the most part yet he is one of the most beloved of their saints and he is one of us.
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Agnes S Kamalnath was born on August 3rd 1988. For Agnes writing is taxing; it often leaves her feeling drained. Sharing the deepest part of oneself can be painful, but it brings her joy. This act of creation can be a double-edged sword: both destructive and constructive. Her poetry has appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of S/tick, and in the December 2013 issue of Dead Flowers: A Poetry Rag. Agnes studied in the United Kingdom, completing her A-Levels at Mander Portman Woodward and attending university, majoring in Chemistry with Biochemistry at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). She received a 1st in Heredity & Gene Action. A 1st is the highest mark awarded in the British System. It is rarely awarded. Agnes earned her B.A. in Philosophy from the University of La Verne, which is located in southern California in the United States of America. View all posts by Agnes S Kamalnath