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September 2017

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Months of inclement weather, storms of all kinds all over the world. The climatic tipping of a fouled earth, turmoil of war, turbulence in our inner geographies… Borders crossed to no purpose. I was brooding; seeping out darkness like I … Continue reading

Answer Maa by Sonnet Mondal

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The day you hid the door of afterlife — Earth, flames and ashes erased the apprehensions allying illusion and reality. I still sense your presence around that door but a sound from this opening seems like an echo in the … Continue reading

Nobody Speaks of You Syria by Sonnet Mondal

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You have shrunk to a handful of wet dust— wet from tears and rapacious semen. The heralds look at you as a whore and your screams have no walls to enclose their echoes. All have fallen. Your ovaries are dead. … Continue reading

Feeding Ego by Sonnet Mondal

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I ain’t gonna share you with those yellow lights ogling through the panes at your cleavage. Still, I fail to utter just look at me My ego presses hard   like a river   refusing to compromise its flow   … Continue reading

Talaq Talaq Talaq by Sonnet Mondal

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To the women who stood against Triple Talaq   When days turned dusky for you I knew you waited for full moon to see how baya weavers rub beaks in consent to preserve their love. Like a globetrotter who … Continue reading

The Homeless by Sonnet Mondal

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Split bolster, tattered shoes a lean bed sheet — the ménage of the homeless sleep together. He keeps mumbling to them and asserts I don’t seek charity — esteem, power not even coins or food but someone to chat with … Continue reading

Beware When by Sonnet Mondal

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Love draws near without clamour nectar smells — enraptures [us] to smell further a hunger to attain evolves without bargains bliss in loneliness gets confused with fleeting pleasure.               KNOW blind faith has crept inside clothed in religion you are a … Continue reading

Sketch by Stephen Collis

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Memory is identity smacks of hubris I remember a lake the reading of certain novels travel to an old country my grandmother my father’s death which I’ve yet crawled from under that which is supposed to exceed the self reaches … Continue reading

The Transformation by Stephen Collis

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Lean over me trees you antlers of heaven earth’s first and last defense your fists full of eagles and dusk-in-day shadows I trip at the edge of enlightenment lacking roots no sense of the nearness or rejuvenation of forest fires … Continue reading

She is on Her Way by Stephen Collis

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When I consider how our rights are spent movement and the purchase of all or anything— doves in the rafters the various undergrounds foxglove—a river I cannot name— then judiciously I turn to the pure density of less than familiar … Continue reading

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