Kushal Poddar

This week our guest Kushal Poddar debuts from India.


The baseball bat climbs


A bottle rolls its emptiness

on the floor.

An overload flickers the light.

On the roof your lover waits

amongst the lint and paper, dust and dead pigeons.

They share the same mystery.


What lays inside means everything

and you cannot beat a good batter.

Between the arguments my grandmother asks,

Why are we here, tell me again?

Reminding her that her husband died hurts

and so does not reviving her wound.

Slipping Down

You pushed the doorframe yesterday,

blamed them on shrinking the entry.

You try to grab them as you fall.

Today, an uncertain day for any stability.

Your hand slips down, body falls into a heap.

You see it. A pile of circles and creases.

If one can imagine an island in clouds,

he can see it here as well.

Your head, an eye in the island, watches the sky for help.

The doorframe shot up the way ancestors’ dreamt they would.

The Estate OF Anger

In our house
we swap one hot iron from hand to hand.
Anger, lifelong.

One koi pond, rock garden,
Buddha made of cold stone-
during monsoon it turns green.

And we hide our burnt skins,
place tea with a little ting.
Rain swells the woods, shrinks the space,

hand to hand we run the anger-
as if they have something ruled against.

A native of Kolkata, India, Kushal Poddar (1977- ) writes poetries, fictions and scripts for television mini-series and is published worldwide. He is the author of “All Our Fictional Dreams”.


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Pushcart nominee Jeanette Cheezum has been published on several online writing sites and in fifteen Anthology books and four poetry books. Three of these books have made the New York Times Best Sellers list. Awarded The Helium Networks Premium Writer’s Badge, Bronze Creative Writing Award and a Marketplace Writers award. Recently she has published thirteen ebooks at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. You may find a list of some of her work at www.hamptonroadswriters.org
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