Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Room of My Own: Name Change Tanka

written in response to The Colour Of Democracy: Racism In Canadian Society by Frances Henry & Carol Tator

on his mailbox
my friend's name, Ganguli
changed to Gangulireen
in this new suburb
snow falling on snow

Note: Ganguli is an Indian family name of a Bengali Brahmin caste.

1 comment:

  1. With "uli" crossed out, "Gangulireen" in L3 looks like "Gangreen," which sounds like gangrene.

    And "In racialist anthropology, the color brown and the term brown people was used to describe a series of hypothesized racial groups that included various populations from North Africa, the Horn of Africa, Western Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Latin America and South America." (excerpted from the Wikipedia entry, Brown (racial classification))