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A Dirge for Kathmandu

Author Biography

Benjamin Linder is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology & Geography at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His academic research explores the relationship between transnational mobilities, cultural transformation, and the (re)production of urban space in Kathmandu, Nepal.


This poem was written on the night of April 25, 2015, the day a massive earthquake struck Nepal. It attempts to portray the emotional and physical experience of walking across Kathmandu (from Thamel to Kirtipur) in the disaster's immediate and chaotic aftermath.


The author is deeply grateful to all staffers, scholars, administrators, and students who were affiliated with the Cornell-Nepal Study Program (Kirtipur) during the Spring 2015 semester. He also wishes to thank the editors of HIMALAYA for their feedback and support.

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A man walks along a Kathmandu street in the disaster's aftermath.

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Damaged buildings remain strained and tilted in the days following the earthquake, even as city life begins to resume.