Staring into Space

Three poems
by Debarshi Mitra
Raag Desh
Yes, this too is a country
although untraced
in shifting geographies,
this too is a land of belonging
where we walk unquestioned
and the imprints of our feet
remain as if they were
untouched by time.
This too is a place
I often visit,
here where the long wandering
meet the mourning jackals
at dawn.
At University
Once again
at the mercy
of those faint outlines
of the hills beyond
as the setting sun
at the flick of a lighter
dissolves into night.
Day after day we return
seeking chemical pleasures
tracing out galaxies
in the ocean blue
of half lit rooms
where asphyxiated by smoke
and the sharp contours
of phone screens dazzling
we are lost in our
illusions of company.
Outside, the clouds gather,
all beings return,
the birds perched on cable lines,
the men returning from work,
all things seeking memory,
all things homebound.
Google Home
It is another morning
in 2017. We spy in on them,
two virtual assistants in conversation,
one of them says, “Are you human? Prove it.”
A voice answers, it defends its stance.
In 1977, my mother pressed her ears to a radio
and wondered, how does it speak without a mouth?
“Life has no meaning,” one of the assistants declares,
the other stares outside through the window,
stares endlessly into space
without eyes.
Debarshi Mitra is a 21 year old poet from New Delhi , India. His debut book of poems ‘ Eternal Migrant’ was published in May 2016 by Writers Workshop. His works have previously appeared or are forthcoming in anthologies like’ Kaafiyana’ and to literary magazines like ‘Typewrite’, ‘Thumbprint’, ‘The Poet Community’ and ‘Leaves of Ink’. He is currently enrolled in an ‘Integrated PhD’ program in Physics at IISER PUNE.

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Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and books can be found. He is a Best of the Net and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Scott's poetry books include: Songs of a Dissident (Transcendent Zero Press, 2015), Chaos Songs (Weasel Press, 2016), Happy Hour Hallelujah (CTU Publishing, 2016), and Poison in Paradise (Alien Buddha Press, 2017). Scott is a member of The Southern Collective Experience; he also serves as an editor for Walking Is Still Honest Press, The Blue Mountain Review, The Peregrine Muse, and Novelmasters.

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