Between the Folds

Three poems
by Sneha Subramanian Kanta
 
Politic
 
The globe is compressed
like a bunch of unwanted pamphlets
crumpled together and sellotaped.
We are running, everywhere
to sounds of missed buses,
panting of trains,
and a forlorn landscape.
The harvest of rage
round the clock
from an unfertile womb
of earth broadcasted
on television, prints of newspapers,
the blur of radios,
the hurried frenzy of
the world wide web.
 
You cannot move beyond
the distance your eye takes you
it aims to watch a road full with fog.
The yellow sunbeam pinches
before it splits the story ahead of you
into disjointed columns.
The arms, legs and limbs of
countries are amputed
while their eyes remain static and watchful.
 
Faith
 
When it thundered
over the hilly expanse
 
nani told me
it was Vishnu.
 
Her hands cupped
in prayer
 
a lyric of Indra
playing upon her lips.
 
I stepped in
between the folds
 
of evening, as she
with open palms
 
raised her hands
toward the sky.
 
Dissection
 
Everything is not algebra.
Make it known to the painters —
 
their wistful porches
lurking with scents
 
of women, seated in an armchair.
The anatomy of veins
 
crushed with language
and skin scars from childbirth
 
carried in the temples
on their head.
 
No body sees the matchstick
that has lit the corner bonfire
 
slowly charcoaling
heaps of wood.
 
—————–
Sneha Subramanian Kanta finds credence in non-linear forms of looking. Avant-garde art, untold stories and tales of refugees are matters close to her heart. Her work is forthcoming in Fallujah Magazine, ZOOPOETICS, Serendipity, Erstwhile Magazine and the first print anthology of Peacock Journal and elsewhere. She is a GREAT scholarship awardee, pursuing her second postgraduate degree in literature in the UK. She believes in forms of dissents and uprisings, renaissance, letters and the word et cetera.
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Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site 17Numa.wordpress.com 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 serves as an editor for The Peregrine Muse, Happy Hour Hallelujah, and Novelmasters.

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