Poetry at the Post: Bollywood High With Tony Hoagland & How To Cope With Depression On A Hot Summer’s Day

At the Galleria Shopping Mall
BY TONY HOAGLAND

Just past the bin of pastel baby socks and underwear,
there are some 49-dollar Chinese-made TVs;

one of them singing news about a far-off war,
one comparing the breast size of an actress from Hollywood

to the breast size of an actress from Bollywood.

Film poster for first Indian sound film, Ardeshir Irani's Alam Ara (1931)
Film poster for first Indian sound film, Ardeshir Irani’s Alam Ara (1931)
“GalleriaOne” by Postoak at en.wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –

When I’m depressed, I watch movies—especially Bollywood films. The more weddings the better so I was on a Bollywood High in Jaipur last January for the opening of Dolly Ki Doli— a 2015 Indian comedy-drama film about a young woman who is a con artist. Because Dolly’s modus operandi is to love them then leave them—with all they own—there are many, many weddings in Dolly Di Doli. Silly and predictable but a whole lot of fun!!!

Alice’s Depresso-fixer rating! 4star

Raj Mandir Cinema by Alice-Catherine Jennings

Doli, a FIVE POINT
SOMEONE a looteri
dulhan, a high shine
thief ululating calls
loud whee-oh torry-
yu mellow & fluffy
she patterns thievery
like the colors of

                                                the fern-leaf
                                                plastered walls
                                                pink blue blue pink
                                                crash the boy’s heart
                                                then another crashed
                                                heart “no need to repeat!

Thanks to the editors of  Zoomoozophone Review for first publishing “Raj Mandir Cinema” in Issue 6, June 2015. You can check it out here.

Raj Mandir Cinema Jaipur, India January 2015
Raj Mandir Cinema
Jaipur, India
January 2015

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