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Category: 2. Poetry

Postmortem – by Devanshi Khetarpal

Postmortem Listen: imagine your body next to mine. Think of the knife that drew my thin spine open. I am in a room so cold and lonely like the slow negative of a stone breaking into water. One evening I asked you how to die this slow: smooth, bent along the edges of my grave. […]

Three poems – by Mani Rao

Writing on the Wall On the heels of the siren A hissing undertow Back-bending sea-oats Palm fronds frisked Static in the aquarium White knuckles on the horizon surely higher than our roof Horseshoes hung down on the beach Will cavalry recede Between magnet shore and magnet moon Won’t ocean float Sorry fish so sorry garden […]

Two poems – by Ashaq Hussain Parray

Home no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark… —Warsen Shire Home is an arrested metaphor suspended between my trust in clouds that shake their head when it rains and the news feed I scroll endlessly like my grandfather’s afternoon stroll down the abandoned lanes of faith. Home is a suspected […]

Fairytale – by Abhinav Lakra

Fairytale The princess is nagging The frog to sing Before a kiss “Are you kidding me” he says I have nothing for nose Nothing like an Adams apple Saying this, he spits on her face And she turns into a cricket Burdened with a broken violin Together they are now the greatest Band of the […]

Two Poems – by Manjiri Indurkar

Chocolate-dipped worms are delicious To preserve the formatting, the poem has been made available in PDF. Please click here to access. * Fight or Flight The amygdala is a small part of your brain that assesses threat, and sets your fight or flight response in motion. When the threat passes though, the amygdala calms down […]

A Woolly Mammoth on the Shore – by Aswin Vijayan

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