Tuesday, March 9, 2021

November 2018

Love-Child Hugging his belly against my womb He chimes exuberance galore Through the placenta of my soul And chase my hum in a strum Like a frisking fawn With melodies stacked Under a banished bay Drenched in kaleidoscopic notes We gather them with bare hands To compose the sky mottled gray Like a charismatic vowel Dilating a barren consonant He conducts In return,...
In Pains Like a mighty wind, it came Infant memories of joy defamed The punctured hearts on the slings of torment catapulted to the strings to sign the hymns of bitterness Those heavy hearts in battered souls Becoming numb to the pangs of death Stealing the love of nature to their hub Staring the ocean of forgetfulness never...
Anthony Ilacqua The soda burned my nose a little. I took half the bottle in one swallow anyway. “I want to see the glass blowers,” Jill said. I pulled the soda bottle away from the face. “The air feels good here,” I said. The clouds over the ocean were rolling in...

New Beginning

Debasis Tripathy He had lost interest in life. His life had turned into one like those countless chickens in poultry farms, just that unlike the chicken he had the capability as a human being to end his life by his own will. There were many a time when he had...
Jessica Bergquist I wonder how this looks, but I don’t wonder long enough to stop myself from walking in the door. I am faintly aware of the story that the tears in my black dress tells everyone around me, but I still open the door. It’s the first time I’ve...

Client 7

STEPHEN MCQUIGGAN The voice from the intercom froze Tina in the act of adjusting her garter belt. It wasn’t the information the voice relayed, for in truth she had been checking the digital readout (half concealed by condom packets, jars of lube, whips and furry handcuffs) every few minutes and...
Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois An airless pink balloon rested in the Ash tree by the lake all Spring. Every day I walked by it and wondered when a gust of wind would unseat it, but it was tenacious. I once saw a short Mexican man peering at it, as if he...
Deepayan Bhattacharjee I hate the coffee they serve at Starbucks. But I like one of the baristas in our local shop. So I go to that terrible coffee shop almost every evening, stay there for two to three hours, read a little and study for a while and write some...

Dear Maliwan

Malini Mukherjee Dear Maliwan, I was wondering if I should write ‘Dear’ against your name. It is, in our culture, customary to write Dear only to someone who is endeared to you. I don’t even know you. You don’t know me either. Yet I am writing this letter because we had...

Glam & Glitz

Katacha Díaz Catching the last rays of sunshine on a lovely warm spring afternoon, Tim and I sat on our patio listening to the sounds of smooth Latin jazz floating through the air, and watched hummingbirds as they gracefully danced around bushes and wildflowers, sipping water from the fountain in...
Prasenjit Dasgupta Decades back in our salad days, whenever we listened to the signature tunes of Doordarshan, AIR or the Military Band playing Sare jahan se accha, we were largely unaware of the genius behind the bliss those jingles offered. It was only later, as young men, did we learn...