New poem- Fish eyes in TBLM

My latest poetry publication is ‘Fish Eyes’ in TBLM.

Mom and I talk in the kitchen only. I follow
her and say, in English, I miss the Arab
fisherman from Marina beach terribly
.

The joy in your eyes when he caught a fish
every Saturday was special
. She says

in Konkani. Dole pole. She points

Read the full poem here


 

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Prose poems

‘Thirteen’, a chapbook of prose poems by Poornima Laxmeshwar (Yavanika Press, 2018) is available for free online (scroll to the end of the page for ’13’) and downloadable from anywhere. Poornima’s poems have been published in various online journals. Yavanika Press is a new publishing venture by three poets Shloka, Shobhana and K.Srilata.

The title of the chapbook stood out as I have always heard that ’13’ is considered an unlucky number and was pleasantly surprised to see it as the title. The poems feature domestic settings/characters, they provide a sense of comfort, nostalgia and also discomfort as Laxmeshwar digs into a fictional family’s past to find all those moments that are worthy of a revisit even those that are dark, bitter-sweet…It is the poet’s pick. It is rich in its Indianness (Hindu, Karnataka) and a glossary is present at the end of the chapbook for those readers who might not get regional references.

One of  my favourite poems from the collection is ‘Of cures, fantasies and phantoms‘.

A few lines from it:

‘Amma advised Pammu and me, pray to the snake god to keep you away from all skin diseases. I gave up reasoning that very year when I discovered the first tiny white patch on my skin, sure of the purpose of its arrival amidst the mundane.’

The chapbook also contains images which compliment the poems. Read this to get a feeling of home, prose, poetry and more…

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Poetry Post 2

There are so many talented poets writing poetry now. Every month I’ll be posting names of five poets whose work I have enjoyed with an excerpt from one poem of theirs. They are in no order. Do check out other poems by them.

1- Arjun Rajendran

This is from his poem ‘Refilling‘ published in The Sunflower Collective.

How now to describe that anguish when my father got off
the train at platforms to refill a water bottle;

because nobody then had yet learnt to sell water.
When everyone started buying it, I was older, unlike the time

my feet didn’t reach the compartment floor. I sat
by the window thinking the whistle will sound any second now,


 

2- Mihir Vatsa

 Lines from ‘The Difficulty with Turning You into a Human’ in 40-Under-40- a post globalisation poetry anthology.

In the chamber, her features stare through

the fumes. Curves so sculpted, so splendid,

it almost–

ouch!

Forgive me my humour, miss.


3- Rohan Chhetri

Here’s a bit from ‘Not the exception‘ in Rattle.

The man who survived a derailed train,
His compartment lunged into the basement
Garage of a housing complex, did not think
Of death. Death does not come as a thought
Preceding itself. The texture of death is felt
Only in the affectations that surround it.


4- Aditi Rao

Here’s a bit from her poem ‘Cityscapes in Vayavya.

At the train station, a taxi driver shouting 
for pilgrims. In the train, stories of pilgrims 
visiting shrine, over and over. They find god 

napping, are asked to wait outside. 


 

5- Ranjani Murali

A few lines from ‘Everymuruga in QLRS.

Muruga loves to play ball in the evenings. 
Sometimes Muruga stands in the stone verandah
and pretends to be the king who swallowed a thousand quintals
of flaming mud. Muruga eats several idlis a day, but saves 
just one idli for the bus ride back from school, 
when he crushes it into paste and rubs it on 
Sarala’s arms. Then he scrapes off the drying 
lumps with his nails until her arms and eyes turn
red and she brushes the back of her hand across
her lips.

Here’s Post 1

Overwhelming response

Overwhelmed by the responses to short stories. Such careful reading and appreciation of the short form.

Six reviews so far on Kaani, do drop by 

1) Accident by Fehmida Zakeer- Reviewed by Rebecca Lloyd

2) Pawn by Amanda Lee Koe- Reviewed by Prashila Naik

3) The trouble with mangoes by Janet H. Swinney- Reviewed by Neera Kashyap

4) Hope that he hears by Prashila Naik- Reviewed by Rituparna Roy

5) The Monotony of Hornbills by Jyothi Vinod- Reviewed by Abha Iyengar

6) Once again next year by Oindrila Mukherjee- Reviewed by Krishna S. Srivalsan

 

Read them here

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Recommendations

Fiction:

1- Sunita DeSouza goes to Sydney by Roanna Gonsalves (Review forthcoming in Kitaab)

2- Love In An Age of Taxonomy by Anil Menon (Short fiction in Usawa Literary Review, review coming up in Kaani)

Poetry:

1- Jonahwhale by Ranjit Hoskote

2- We live in the newness of small differences by Sohini Basak (Interview coming up)

3- 40 under 40: a post globalisation poetry anthology (been re-reading this. what mind-blowing poems!)

Movies (old):

1- Nightcrawler

2- Another Earth

3- Denial