Poetry at Sangam





14 by Mohan Gehani

15th April: Dream Lake by Naveen Kishore

21st July by Naveen Kishore

29th June: Writing by Naveen Kishore

35 by Mohan Gehani

37 by Mohan Gehani

4 by Mohan Gehani

52 by Mohan Gehani

59 by Mohan Gehani

68 by Mohan Gehani

7th January by Naveen Kishore

8th January: Riot by Naveen Kishore


A (merican). D (ream). 2.0 by Tyrone Williams

A Blank Letter by Sudeep Sen

“A ghost has no woman to mate with…” by Joy Goswami

A Hundred Measures of Time: The Tiruviruttam of Nammāḻvār translated by Archana Venkatesan

A Lien by Tyrone Williams

A Man Like a Cloud by Shankha Ghosh

A Man with a Door by K. Satchidanandan

A Manly Confession by Nitoo Das

A Place Like Water by Anjum Hasan

A Poem for a Dali Painting by Malika Amar Shaikh

A Prayer for my Grandson on his Second Birthday by Ashok Vajpeyi

A Seashore Lotus, Dreaming by A. Anupama

A Song for the Bihu-Waisted-Sister by Nabina Das

A Sunday Morning in Bangkok by Abhay K.

A Time for Birdsong by Sukirtharani

A Tribute to Manuel Ulacia by Indran Amirthanayagam

A Walk in Wales by Janice Pariat

A Word Mandala on Karma by Kala Krishnan Ramesh

A Word Written on a Butterfly Wing by A. Anupama

About Me and Myself by Birgit Kempker

Advertisements Hide my Face by Shankha Ghosh

After All by Jim Schley

After the US Air Force Museum by A. Anupama

Ai-yai-yai by Abdourahman A. Waberi

All Music is Memory by Sridala Swami

All You Remember by Janice Pariat

America, America by K.S. Nissar Ahmed

An Obscure Place by Mamang Dai

An Uncertain Folktale by Nitoo Das

Anecdote by Nitoo Das

Answers by Amlanjyoti Goswami

Anything can Make your Blood Pressure Rise by Hemant Divate

Arabian Knight by Manuel Ulacia

“Are You Lonesome Tonight?” by Sumana Roy

As Far as the Truth is Concerned by Andrei Guruianu

As ‘Heavenly Bodies’ by Tamaryn Played by Todd Swift

At the Dining Table by Nilim Kumar

At The Hop by George Szirtes

Aubade of the Artificial Dawn by Ellen Kombiyil

Autumn Shivers by Yves Bonnefoy

Ave Cane by Tyrone Williams


Babur’s Prayer by Shankha Ghosh

Balkan Poets by Vesna Goldsworthy

Being Earth, Nonbeing Sky by Ashok Vajpeyi

Bell of the Immortals by George Kalamaras

Betrayal, Or What My Husband Feels by Malika Amar Shaikh

Beyond Good and Evil by John Bradley

Bharatanatyam Dancer by Sudeep Sen

Biraha by Sumana Roy

Birthplace with Buried Stones by Meena Alexander

Breast Feeding at the Blue Mosque by Ravi Shankar

Breath by Yahia Lababidi

Breathing from All Your Skin by George Kalamaras


Cairo by Yahia Lababidi

Calligraphic Lives by Dipika Mukherjee

Capsize (retro-fitted) by Tyrone Williams

Cast Away Blood by Malathi Maithri

Catgut by Vahni Capildeo

Cerberus and Persephone by Ellen Kombiyil

Chakravyuha by Adil Jussawalla

Chhaya by Sharanya Manivannan

Chimera by Ranjit Hoskote

City Smoke by Amlanjyoti Goswami

Classic by Mani Rao

Cold-Scented Nose by George Kalamaras

Collateral Damage by Vesna Goldsworthy

Coming Of Age in a Convent School by Anjum Hasan

Composite Tiger by Amanda Calderon

Contract by Tishani Doshi

Corpses in Kashi by Shrikant Verma

Creating a New Circle of Splendour by Rahat Indori


Dancing Girl, Mohenjodaro by Sumana Roy

Daughter by Jim Schley

Daughter by K. Satchidanandan

Dawning by Yahia Lababidi

Day, With Hawk by Vahni Capildeo

Dayplaces by Naseer Hassan

Dear Stranger Deciphering this Ancient Script by Sridala Swami

Death and Else by Nabina Das

Delhi by Gulam Mohammed Sheikh

Delhi: As I Am by Abhay K.

Demon Language by Malathi Maithri

Desire by Sudeep Sen

Desires by Abdourahman A. Waberi

Devotional by Jim Schley

Diary of a Mad Housewife by Menka Shivdasani

Die There, or Liver Forever by Changming Yuan

Disorders of Personality by Todd Swift

Disorient Express by Anupama Raju

Distant Gods by Anjum Hasan

Diwali by Amlanjyoti Goswami

Doris by Joshua Gray

Dream at 12 by Sridala Swami

Dreams while Shopping by Hemant Divate

Dressed to Dream by Beth Copeland

Drunk by Shankha Ghosh

Duck Poems by Vijay Nambisan

During the Downpour I See Glimpses by Ellen Kombiyil


Easy Mark by Mangalesh Dabral

Eight Faces by Abdourahman A. Waberi

Enemy Action by Ranjit Hoskote

Ephemeral by Changming Yuan

Epitaph by Mani Rao

Etymology by Nabina Das

Everyday Sounds by Anupama Raju

Exchanges by Yahia Lababidi

Excerpts from Exercise in Drowning by Birgit Kempker

Excerpts from Kopenhaga by Grzegorz Wróblewski


Falsifiability by Ravi Shankar

Fare Thee Well by Karthika Nair

Fare-well, Darling: To H by Changming Yuan

Farewell Thailand by Abhay K.

Fear Management by Tishani Doshi

“Feast-of-love sky in the room…” by Joy Goswami

Fiction by Shrikant Verma

Fire-Walking by Sharanya Manivannan

Firewood by Jim Schley

Five Couplets For What Has Gone By by Anupama Raju

Five Poems by Kalyani Thakur Charal

Flowers have Turned Brutish by Hemant Divate

Folk Tale by Mangalesh Dabral

Footage for a Trance by Ranjit Hoskote

For the Boy in the Choir with Tourette’s by Todd Swift

For Urania by Jim Schley

Four Winds of Poetry by Joshua Gray

from A Winter Notebook by Matvei Yankelevich

from A Year from Today by Stacy Szymaszek

from Dear Jenny by Genya Turovskaya

from Holy Sonnets to Orpheus by David Hadbawnik

from Listening Machine by Genya Turovskaya

from PINK: “Paris Trilogy” Part II by Yuko Otomo

From Roses by Rainer Maria Rilke translated by David Need

From Sonnets to Orpheus by Rainer Maria Rilke translated by David Need


Gan/Doris by Joshua Gray

Go, Keep Going by Yves Bonnefoy

Grass by Nilim Kumar

Gratitude as a Kind of Continuation by Zachary Bushnell

Green Angel by Salma

Guest by Nilim Kumar

Guide Poem to Murugan – 2 by Kala Krishnan Ramesh


Haiku by Shizuko Suzuki

Harbour Thoughts by Ranjit Hoskote

Hastinapur by Shrikant Verma

He Dismounts by Yves Bonnefoy

He Gazes Uncomprehendingly by Roselyne Sibille

He Will Close His Eyes and Think of Spain by Richard Deming

Heliotrope by Michael Kelleher

Horses by Ashok Vajpeyi

House by Sumana Roy

How a Very Old Poem Might Read by Kala Krishnan Ramesh

How Love Dies these Days by K. Satchidanandan

How to Cut a Fish by Nitoo Das

How to Distinguish a Fabrication from a Lie by Andrei Guruianu

How to Write Erotica by Nitoo Das


“I never kept the sky-truths hidden…” by Joy Goswami

If the Messiah Were to Side with Pain by Rahat Indori

If They are Against, Let Them Be by Rahat Indori

Immediate Family by Ravi Shankar

In Bhilai by Ashok Vajpeyi

In Memoriam, Seamus Heaney by Todd Swift

In Praise of Distance by Richard Deming

In the Little Port by Manuel Ulacia

In the Ritz at Meknes by Manuel Ulacia

In the Summertime by George Szirtes

In-Between by Janice Pariat

Invisible by K. Satchidanandan

Iron Woman by Menka Shivdasani

Island by Mamang Dai


Jaisalmer 3 by Gulam Mohammed Sheikh

Jaisalmer 4 by Gulam Mohammed Sheikh

Jesus, Son of Man by Kala Krishnan Ramesh

July by Changming Yuan


Kargil by Sudeep Sen

KD Singh by Amlanjyoti Goswami

Keep Water in the Eye by Rahat Indori

Killers in Letters by Ravi Shankar

Kissed the Poison Inside by Rahat Indori


Landour by Amlanjyoti Goswami

Language by Nilim Kumar

Language Poem by Richard Deming

Late August by Dennis Nurkse

Leaving the Garden, in the Snow by Yves Bonnefoy

Lesson 1: Building a Bridge between the Past and the Future by Tishani Doshi

Lesson 2: Learning Mudras in Bhutan by Tishani Doshi

Lesson 4: Zero, or Infinity (Ramanujan) by Tishani Doshi

Letter to Rob from Bear Creek by Jon Davis

Lichis by Meena Alexander

Lick My Catness by Malika Amar Shaikh

Litany by Abdourahman A. Waberi

Long Red Rays by Yves Bonnefoy

Love in the Time of Autolysis by Tishani Doshi

Lucia by Ravi Shankar


Mahabalipuram by Gulam Mohammed Sheikh

Mail Address by Hemant Divate

Make Poverty History – Indian Restaurant, London by Mani Rao

Manatees by Jon Davis

Mawlai by Anjum Hasan

Meghadūtam by Kālidāsa

Memory: One by Mangalesh Dabral

Memory: Two by Mangalesh Dabral

Meridians V by Karthika Nair

Metropolis – 1 by Malika Amar Shaikh

The Metropolis – 3 by Malika Amar Shaikh

The Metropolis – 10 by Malika Amar Shaikh

Migration, Exile… These are Men’s Words by Dipika Mukherjee

Morning Ritual by Meena Alexander

Movements by Ravi Shankar

Music by the River Side by Nabina Das


Nalanda Poems by Abhay K.

Nature’s Fountainhead by Sukirtharani

New Bride, New Night by Salma

Nightless Night by Anupama Raju

Ninth Life by Menka Shivdasani

Nuclear Semiotics by Amanda Calderon


O Great Beauties! by Tishani Doshi

Old Women by K. Satchidanandan

On Angels by George Szirtes

On Indian Road by Meena Alexander

On Loving Tom by Vesna Goldsworthy

On the Altars of Dead Things by A. Anupama

On the Other Side of the Shadow by Roselyn Sibille

Open, My Eyes by John Bradley

Origins: A Selection by Jeet Thayil

Othello’s Path by Nabina Das


Paete, Laguna by Ranjit Hoskote

Paper T[r]ails by Sudeep Sen

Party in a Tangiers Garden by Manuel Ulacia

Peace Treaty by Mani Rao

People Returning to Their Homes by Malika Amar Shaikh

Phuket Girl by Abhay K.

Plot of Tiger Lilies by Meena Alexander

Poem, Sisyphus by Mani Rao

Poetics by Shankha Ghosh

Poets with Fierce Voices by Dipika Mukherjee

Point of View by Changming Yuan

Practically All Else Has Become Absurd by Andrei Guruianu

Prayer Flags (2) by Mamang Dai

Preliminary Report from the Committee on Appropriate Postures for the Suffering by Jon Davis

Public Library, Computer Commons by Dipika Mukherjee

Pussy Sestina by Zachary Bushnell


Question Time by Meena Alexander


Rain by Anjum Hasan

Rain by Nilim Kumar

Rain-River by Kutti Revathi

Return from Flint by Dennis Nurkse

Rewound by Dipika Mukherjee

Rights by K.S. Nissar Ahmed

Rosary for Timbuktu by Abdourahman A. Waberi


Samhära by Karthika Nair

Seamstress by Menka Shivdasani

“See that grave on the shore of the house…” by Joy Goswami

Self-Portrait as Jehanne d’Arc by Jim Schley

Sequence of Events by Andrei Guruianu

Sestina by A. Anupama

Shame1 by Birgit Kempker

Shanghai Girls by Vijay Nambisan

“Shanti shanti shanti shanti—when the golden madgirl…” by Joy Goswami

Shelter by Sridala Swami

Shravasti by Shrikant Verma

Shubhsrava by Ashok Vajpeyi

Singular-Plural by Sumana Roy

Six Excerpts from code memory by Aryanil Mukherjee

Six Poems by Anselm Berrigan

Skipping Stones with my Father by Dennis Nurkse

So That You Know by Mani Rao

Song by Mamang Dai

Sonnet from the Dark Lady by A. Anupama

Sonnet with Birds-of-Paradise on the Table by Sharanya Manivannan

Space Smells like Burnt Almond Cookies by Ellen Kombiyil

Stone by Mangalesh Dabral

Suicide-Soldier by Kutti Revathi

Summer in Madras by Tishani Doshi

Sunrise over the Outer Ring Road by Sridala Swami

Supper by Manuel Ulacia

Swerving by Michael Kelleher

Swing by Menka Shivdasani


Taking Issue and Allah’s Answer by Iqbal translated by Mustansir Dalvi

Tempus Fugit by Karthika Nair

Tending by Vahni Capildeo

Testimony of the Apprentice Scribe by Dennis Nurkse

Texts from Gilded Letters by Hijab Imtiaz Ali translated by Aamer Hussein

The 5 PM Rain by K.S. Nissar Ahmed

The Adbhuta Ramayana by Saudamini Devi

The Aesthetics of Fear by John Bradley

The Alder Leaf by Dennis Nurkse

The Angel of Salonika by Vesna Goldsworthy

The Bait by Jon Davis

The Beautiful Women by Nilim Kumar

The Beggar by Andrei Guruianu

The Corner Room by Amlanjyoti Goswami

The Dog is Not Dead by George Kalamaras

The Drive Down by Joshua Gray

The Eight-Eyed Lord of Kathmandu by Abhay K.

The Garden’s Earth Yawns by Adil Jussawalla

The Ides of March by Andrei Guruianu

The Invaders by Karthika Nair

The Island by Jon Davis

The Memory Maker by Anupama Raju

The Mirror-Tree (Love Poem in Turquoise and Silver) by Sharanya Manivannan

The New American Cinema by Richard Deming

The Nomad’s Song by Ranjit Hoskote

The Origins of Silk by Beth Copeland

The Other Name for Awakening by Ashok Vajpeyi

The People of Magadh by Shrikant Verma

The Pets of Others by Vahni Capildeo

The Poems of Lal Ded translated by Ranjit Hoskote

The Poet in Italy by Shankha Ghosh

The Poet’s Reminders to Herself #7 by Kala Krishnan Ramesh

The Poetry of Everyday Life: II by Nitro Das

The Psychic Lives of Animals by Richard Deming

The Right to Not Be Forgotten by John Bradley

The Saint of Lost Things by Janice Pariat

The Salt-Makers by Janice Pariat

The Screen by Dennis Nurkse

“The sea? Or the ancient python? Circumscribing the earth…” by Joy Goswami

The Shadow is a Ridgeline by Roselyne Sibille

The Shadow Moans by Roselyne Sibille

The Shadow Rises before Me by Roselyne Sibille

The Shadow Steps Forward by Roselyn Sibille

The Stigmata of Philip K. Dick by John Bradley

The Tenderness of Being Two by Sridala Swami

The Time-Eater by Anupama Raju

The Torrential Grief-Stricken Tree of Loneliness by Malika Amar Shaikh

The Wind and the Rain by Mamang Dai

The Wind’s Daughter by George Szirtes

The Yellow Room by George Szirtes

Think This is Your Luggage by Rahat Indori

Thirst by Sharanya Manivannan

This Is Not a Registry by John Bradley

This Loneliness, Like That of an Outcast by Malika Amar Shaikh

This Summer – The Cicada’s Song by Mamang Dai

Three False Starts and a Conclusion by Sridala Swami

Three Horses by Janice Pariat

Time with Tortoises by Joshua Gray

To become Wind by K. Satchidanandan

To the future Master Charlie Rebel by Tyrone Williams

To Vivekananda, Jr by Vijay Nambisan

Transplant by Zachary Bushnell

Turn Away by Dipika Mukherjee

Turning Seventy by Adil Jussawalla

Two Foreign by Vahni Capildeo

Two Towers by Yves Bonnefoy

Two Versions by Mangalesh Dabral


Ujjaini by Shrikant Verma

Umbrella by Sumana Roy

Unfinished Study of a French Girl by Todd Swift

Untitled by Gulam Mohammed Sheikh

Untitled by Gulam Mohammed Sheikh

Untitled by Naveen Kishore

Untitled by Sridala Swami

Uru Habba for the Red Soil (Nrityagram) by Nabina Das


Variations on Waka: Stills from Sanskrit – Extracts by Sudeep Sen

Venice, Intermezzo by Vesna Goldsworthy

Venus by Malika Amar Shaikh


Waterhouse by Vesna Goldsworthy

Welcome by Vahni Capildeo

Western Civ by Jon Davis

What do Animals Dream? by Yahia Lababidi

What is to Give Light by Yahia Lababidi

What Stars Explode by Ellen Kombiyil

What You Do Not Want To Know by Sharanya Manivannan

When the Goddess Prepares for War by Kala Krishnan Ramesh

While Sipping Lemon Tea on Saturn’s Ice-Cloud Deck by Ellen Kombiyil

Why I Left Vienna by Richard Deming

Why So Many Gods? by K.S. Nissar Ahmed

Windows by Jonathan Skinner

Without Form by Joshua Gray

Words and Meanings by Mangalesh Dabral

Worship by Karthika Nair



Y, as in Yellow by Changming Yuan

Yellow Curtains by Anjum Hasan

Yesterday’s Tales by Abdourahman A. Waberi

You’d Laugh Behind My Back, Would You? by K.S. Nissar Ahmed

You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling by George Szirtes

Young Husband by Todd Swift

Your Body Language is not Indian! by Tishani Doshi

Yurt by Amanda Calderon