In Corona and Gulmohars, Seeme Qasim writes about daily dramas—in the dust storms of Delhi’s summers, the clandestine games lovers play in a park and the somewhat magical, poignant qualities of the rain when it arrives. And lurking in the background is the deadly Corona virus. Many of her poems relate to things left unsaid conveyed through lushness, the sea, even cellos playing in an empty boulevard. Her room becomes a space through which the richness of life on the street outside is revealed. We also catch glimpses of this via word pictures and travels – her yatra to Kedarnath, the layers of culture in the holy city of Banaras. From a steamer on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, she returns to the present world symbolised by nature.
Seeme Qasim is a journalist and author of two collections of poems, Beyond October (1997) and After Gujarat and Other Poems (2005). Her articles have been published in numerous publications and anthologies. These include The Penguin Book of Indian Journeys (2001) and City Improbable (2001), Edited by Khushwant Singh. Women Poets of India An Anthology Edited by Vijaya Goel (2000) and We Speak in Changing Languages Indian Women Poets 1990 –2007 Sahitya Akademi.