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My desire is zaftig and other poems

My desire is zaftig and other poems

Six poems by Rishi Dastidar, consulting editor at The Rialto magazine and a member of the Malika’s Poetry Kitchen collective, under World Poetry/Prose Portfolio curated by Sudeep Sen

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Thirst and other poems

Thirst and other poems

Four poems by US poet and editor Leslie McGrath, the author of Opulent Hunger, Opulent Rage, which was a finalist for the 2010 Connecticut Book Award for Poetry, under World Poetry/Prose Portfolio curated by Sudeep Sen

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Sartorial Advice and other poems

Sartorial Advice and other poems

Five poems by Scott Edward Anderson, author of Fallow Field and Walks in Nature’s Empire, who has been a Concordia Fellow at the Millay Colony for the Arts, under World Poetry/Prose Portfolio curated by Sudeep Sen

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Delusions of the Retina

Delusions of the Retina

Two poems by English poet, novelist, short-story writer, playwright, biographer and translator Elaine Feinstein under World Poetry/Prose Portfolio [WPP], curated by Sudeep Sen

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The Apple Argument and other poems

The Apple Argument and other poems

Poems by Maitreyabandhu under World Poetry/Prose Portfolio [WPP], curated by Sudeep Sen. Maitreyabandhu’s new collection Yarn (Bloodaxe) was published in autumn 2015. He lives and works at London Buddhist Centre

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Not In My Name

Not In My Name

This poem has been written to mark the pan-India protest on June 28, 2017, #NotInMyName

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Curtains

Curtains

Two poems by Amrita Ghosh under Parnassus: Poetry, curated by Siddhartha Gigoo

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The Petting Zoo and other poems

The Petting Zoo and other poems

Three poems by Subhash Kak under Parnassus: Poetry, curated by Siddhartha Gigoo

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A Sea Change and other poems

A Sea Change and other poems

Six poems by Boston-based Melissa Green, author of three books of poetry, including Magpiety; and two memoirs, under World Poetry/Prose Portfolio, curated by Sudeep Sen

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Darkly and other poems

Darkly and other poems

10 poems by British poet Ian Duhig, twice winner of National Poetry Competition, under World Poetry/Prose Portfolio [WPP], curated by Sudeep Sen

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Love and other poems

Love and other poems

10 poems by Turkish poet and fiction writer Müesser Yeniay under World Poetry/Prose Portfolio, curated by Sudeep Sen. Translated from the Turkish by Müesser Yeniay

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Fatal Journey and other poems

Fatal Journey and other poems

Sukrita Paul Kumar is a well-known poet, critic, translator and artist. She has published several collections of poems in English, including Dream Catcher, Without Margins, Untitled, Apurna, Folds of Silence and Oscillations

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For Little Girls With Big Questions and other poems

For Little Girls With Big Questions and other poems

Harnidh Kaur is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Policy. Her books, The Inability of Words (Writer's Workshop, India) and The Ease of Forgetting (Thought Catalog Books, New York) are now available.

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Boredom of the Writer and other poems

Boredom of the Writer and other poems

Adnan al-Sayegh, born in al-Kufa, Iraq, has been living in exile in London since 2004. He has published eleven collections of poetry, including the 550-page Uruk’s Anthem (Beirut 1996). His poems here are part of the World Poetry/Prose Portfolio [WPP], curated by Sudeep Sen

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Extracts from Gilgamesh Retold and other poems

Extracts from Gilgamesh Retold and other poems

Jenny Lewis is a poet, playwright and songwriter specialising in cross-arts collaborations of poetry, music, dance and visual art. . She teaches poetry at Oxford University. Her poems here are part of the World Poetry/Prose Portfolio [WPP], curated by Sudeep Sen

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They Were Closing Deals and other poems

They Were Closing Deals and other poems

George Szirtes’ translation of László Krasznahorkai’s Satantango won the 2013 Best Translated Book Award in the US as well as the translator’s prize in the Man Booker International 2015. His poems here are part of the World Poetry/Prose Portfolio [WPP], curated by Sudeep Sen

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No one to wait at the Doorsteps and other poems

No one to wait at the Doorsteps and other poems

This door is a forlorn boat of nostalgia plying lonely, with creaking sounds in the river that still feeds the fear — which grips and presses me against the hope of running back in time.

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A Prostitute Celebrates Diwali and other poems

A Prostitute Celebrates Diwali and other poems

Four poems by author and translator Arvind Gigoo as part of our newly introduced section Parnassus: Poetry, curated by our contributing editor Siddhartha Gigoo

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A Poet Steals my Grandfather’s Skull and other poems

A Poet Steals my Grandfather’s Skull and other poems

Four poems by Irish poet Eleanor Hooker as part of our newly introduced section Parnassus: Poetry, curated by our contributing editor Siddhartha Gigoo

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World Poetry/Prose Portfolio: I Am A Film

World Poetry/Prose Portfolio: I Am A Film

This poem by Stephen Watts, the London-based poet, editor and translator, is part of the World Poetry/Prose Portfolio, curated by Sudeep Sen

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World Poetry Day: The Chicken Trusser

World Poetry Day: The Chicken Trusser

Sharanya Manivannan’s most recent book is The High Priestess Never Marries, a collection of stories, which was shortlisted for the Tata Lit Live! Award For First Book (Fiction). She is also the author of a collection of poems, Witchcraft, and a children’s picturebook, The Ammuchi Puchi. Her next book of poetry, The Altar of the Only World, is forthcoming from HarperCollins India in 2018.

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World Poetry Day: The Enigma and The Theatre

World Poetry Day: The Enigma and The Theatre

Devdan Chaudhuri, contributing editor of The Punch, is also a member of Calcutta-based group Poetry Paradigm, which has collaborated with 27 establishments (cafes and hotels) in 8 cities in four countries who will offer a free coffee/tea with an original poem on March 21 to celebrate the UN World Poetry Day. This poem was written for the occasion.

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World Poetry/Prose Portfolio: Anna Christina and other poems

World Poetry/Prose Portfolio: Anna Christina and other poems

These poems by Estonian writer and poet Mathura M Lattik are part of the World Poetry/Prose Portfolio, curated by Sudeep Sen

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The River and other poems

The River and other poems

Four poems by Sathya Saran, consulting editor, HarperCollins Publishers India, executive director, Encyclomedia, and Contributing Editor, The Punch

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World Poetry/Prose Portfolio: RED in Konya

World Poetry/Prose Portfolio: RED in Konya

This is part of a section, World Poetry/Prose Portfolio, curated by Sudeep Sen. Sholeh Wolpé is an Iranian-born poet, literary translator and writer. Her latest collection of poems is Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths. Wolpé’s modern translation of The Conference of the Birds by the 12th century Iranian Sufi mystic poet, Attar, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton.

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When J.S. Bach Meets Johnny Walker Black Label and other poems

When J.S. Bach Meets Johnny Walker Black Label and other poems

These poems by Omar Sabbagh are part of a new series we introduce this month — World Poetry/Prose Portfolio (WPP), curated by Sudeep Sen

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A Tale of Seasons  and other poems

A Tale of Seasons  and other poems

A Tale of Seasons, Colourless Canvasses, Melancholic Trilogy

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Belonging by Namitha Verma

Belonging by Namitha Verma

Two Poems

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Pigeons by Sanjeev Sethi

Pigeons by Sanjeev Sethi

Two Poems excerpted from This Summer and That Summer, published by Bloomsbury India

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My Bohemian Brother and other poems

My Bohemian Brother and other poems

My Bohemian Brother, Promise of Peace, Don't be Afraid, Stairs to the Sky

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Not All For Love and other poems

Not All For Love and other poems

Not All for Love, Anniversary of Light, Watchers

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Day and Night and other poems

Day and Night and other poems

Day and Night, The Shapes of Things, The Forms Lie on the Table, To the Moon, No Further War

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M.S. Attack and other poems

M.S. Attack and other poems

The City is Claimed, Crocodile Lake Revisited, Sieve, M.S. Attack

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Mountains and other poems

Mountains and other poems

Mountains, The Himalayas, Sagarmatha, Machhpucchere, Green Gorge, Fewa, Gupteshwor Falls, Chure

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Inheritance

Inheritance

Holding open the bathrobe, she looks for signs: a housewife's belly of leftovers and fasts and scars left by gut

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Turning off the Lights

Turning off the Lights

Turning off the Lights, The Affair II

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Sermon and other poems

Sermon and other poems

Sermon, Banyan and Each of Us Has Our Dharma

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Dirge and other poems

Dirge and other poems

Something Rich and Strange, Medical Entry, Spider, Dirge and The Fly in the Ointment

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Midnight, Christmas Eve

Midnight, Christmas Eve

Midnight, Christmas Eve and Screen-saver

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Chalk Dust on The Air

Chalk Dust on The Air

Chalk Dust on The Air, ZoSo by the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

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They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This

They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This

Poems excerpted from They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This by Anna Moschovakis, New York-based poet, translator and editor

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Cactus and other poems

Cactus and other poems

Five poems from The Missing RIB: Collected Poems by K. Satchidanandan

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Songs From A Mountain

Songs From A Mountain

Four Poems excerpted from Songs From A Mountain by Amanda Nadelberg

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Blossoms and other poems

Blossoms and other poems

Blossoms, The Aubade, Helter, Skelter

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The Beauty of Meaning and other poems

The Beauty of Meaning and other poems

Excerpted from the manuscript of selected poems titled Love and the Other Madness by Devdan Chaudhuri

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