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Hemanta/Harvest by Priya Sarukkai Chabria

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Sisira/Winter by Priya Sarukkai Chabria

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The Swimming Pool by Ranjit Hoskote

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You’re dripping away, shedding water and scales as you climb out of the pool, giddy, gills wilting into lungs: searing balloons of trapped oxygen. The light and lyrical self is burning up on re-entry. Purged, it stumbles from a wet … Continue reading

Natural History by Ranjit Hoskote

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A history of mammoths     salted away in warehouses scrawled in chalk.             sleep is a secret you once overheard A history of rivers     snaking down steep slopes walled in glass.             clay is a wisdom that leaves no fingerprints A history … Continue reading

July 2017

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Here’s the July issue, brilliantly curated by Ranjit Hoskote. But first, there’ve been changes at Poetry at Sangam. We are delighted to announce that the well known Raza Foundation has extended its support to us. Raza Foundation is an arts … Continue reading

India and the Plurality of Dissent by Ashok Vajpeyi

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Is dissent not “Indian”? This apparently facetious question is indeed a sign of our times. A new anthology from the publisher Speaking Tiger, India Dissents: 3000 Years of Difference, Doubt and Argument, offers rich evidence from history, literature and currentContinue reading

This was the Spring by Rhian Edwards

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This was the season the lambs were born frozen, when the hill farmer burrowed through March snow for the opaque flock, cocooned in the camouflage of immeasurable white. Even then he had to choose who was to be cloaked over … Continue reading

The Addiction Counsellor by Rhian Edwards

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has a tranquilizing voice. He wears his glasses on his scalp, the crown of an understated prince. The addiction counsellor’s irises are tucked far behind his crow’s feet. I edge closer than fiduciary allows to discern the colours I am … Continue reading

It Is by Rhian Edwards

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the revelation of the runny yolk after the egg has been scalped; the hand-written letter on the doormat like the glimpse of a rare bird; the sip that attests to the alchemy of perfectly sweetened tea; the clemency of dressing … Continue reading

Prodigal Audience

On the Demolition of The Embassy Cinema (“Bridgend Cinema”) (1939-2011) by Rhian Edwards

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1 From the derelict bleachers of a jilted cinema, where the flip-seats are petrified in stubborn prayer; a terracotta army, poised as a domino trail on tenterhooks before the flick. The Embassy flashes back, back to Pearl and Dean, back … Continue reading

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