Many of Manu’s poems are observations about the lives of wastepickers who scavenge in landfills for garbage that can be sold and recycled. A review of Manu’s haiku by Dimitar Anakiev states that Manu’s “poetry is personal and fresh, full of fascinating ideas linking the most paradoxical worlds. He is radically human as a poet must be. We can say he is a new, contemporary jiyuritsu poet, or even left-wing Gendai, but before all he is unique Indian haiku poet who brings a completely new dimension to haiku. A great poetry coming from a great poet of a great nation. This collection shows that humanity will have a second chance if it is seen from the perspective of the so-called third world.”
a pregnant ragpicker
carrying a sack
filled with waste
in a poor neighbourhood
a different ring to it
the whole world
you swear by your Santa
I have seen kid rag pickers
giving our world a second chance
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