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Suicide Note

To the dust dilapidated
under a six inch stiletto
goodbye is giving
a favour for forgiveness
when the neck of the night
wear jasmine as her fragrance.
I count glow worms like stars
trampling to tethers
the arrogant neighbour's cigarette butt
The window pane of the old man's house
broke, strewing silver
on a night bleeding moons.
My hands tremble
to the bruises made by a kitchen knife,
cloaked behind curtains
dancing to the music of a fan
I cling to a door handle not thwarted
by a summer that will strike soon
fighting for my farewell
in tireless thanklessness
when the yellow roses in
a pregnant pot
smile at me in asking
"Who would water us when you go?


She skewed seven stretch marks
bearing eight oysters
who dole out her dowry
in the white of her milk.

Prayers, her morning manners
the book her gift
for gall and worms,
red seas never fretted
on her form
where not even a crease
could be carved by
the crown of thorns.

She wore her veil
to teach hymns
to clouds and children
writing on seedy sand
of the raving rivers
as a ritual.
She never let her mouth
bisect the body and blood
of Christ, those were alms for her belly
and tooth of her tongue.

She removed the relics
of the rice she shared
with the starving supplicants
on the stranded streets
each grain fed
without fingers of fossils.

She is the testimony
to a generation of stars
and stripes
her milky way
saluted with a smile with
her name and
sound of her song,
the day she gifted us
her birth.


She washes the bile
off her wary womb,
last time the copper vessel
heard a child's clamour
was two years ago,
when her husband
gave her a toy
that could breathe and bawl
with equal ease.

This one does the same
only this time
her red sea
wont part to save her
from an abusive ally
nor from lawless in-laws
fourteen and a mother of two
as if she was bred
to bear and rear.

Barely having woken from parables
that celebrated her doll
and "hopscotch" days,
she is a child
who aged early
to bear the burden of a hijab
her parents gave her
in the name of customary chivalry.


Marriage is a character
you play in a carnival of cliff hangers
you are sought for slavery,
you are the dwarf in the pictures
made to wear spineless stilettos.

Marriage is a question
answers ail to escape from your mouth
with choices that have no chance
you become the woman
behind the successful man
is there anyone telling on you.?

Marriage is a nameless notation
your identity changes, then it irks
his wife, their mother
are the stale synonyms
you get,
attraction is you ally
then your enemy
your share home, bed
money and passwords
then you become the giver
while they take.

Marriage is a social cause
for Eve was made for Adam
not Adam for Eve,
she came out of his ribs
so she ought to drown
with him in the dust,
Marriage is a womb bought and sold
to tell of an Old Testimony.


Feature–Contemporary Women’s Writing in India

    Ambika Ananth

    Aju Mukhopadhyay : Mahasweta’s 'Aranyer Adhikar’
    Arunima Ray : Roy's 'The God of Small Things'
    Asha Saharan : Manju Kapur's Fiction
    Bhavesh Kumar : Poile Sengupta's 'Mangalam'
    Chandra N : Contemporary Tamil Women's Writing
    Kousik Adhikari : Kiran Desai's 'The Inheritance of Loss'
    Neeru Sharma : Shashi Deshpande's 'The Binding Vine'
    Nishamani Kar : Taslima's ''Amar Meyebela'
    Paromita Chakrabarti : Narratives of despair in 'The Inheritance of Loss'
    Rama Rao VVB : Gauri Deshpande's 'Deliverance'
    Rini Barman : Contemporary Women poets of North-East
    Rositta Joseph : Manjula Padmanabhan's 'Escape'
    Sasi Kiran : Sudha Murthy's 'Mahaswetha'
    Shivani Vashist : Craving for Homeland Culture
    Shreyasee Datta : Gender Onstage in Indian Feminist Plays
    Shruti Das Manoranjan Das' 'Nandika Kesari'
    Sutapa Chaudhuri : Nabaneeta Dev Sen's Fiction
    Venu Gopal Rao B : Poetry of V Pratima
    Vishnupriya NS : Chudamani Raghavan's 'Kathaigal'

Book Reviews
    Ambika Ananth – ‘Ek’
    Bhanumati Mishra – ‘Family Fables & Hidden Heresies’
    Charanjeet Kaur – ‘December Poems’
    Maneeta Kahlon – ‘A Calendar Too Crowded’
    Patricia Prime – ‘Roots and Wings’
    Reenu Talwar – ‘Her Piece of Sky’

Short Fiction
    Hema Raman – ‘A good Father is hard to find’
    Neera Kashyap – ‘Not by the Gun’
    Sivakami Velliangiri – ‘The Well in the Muttam’

    Meenakshi Chawla
    Akanksha Chaudhary
    Ankita Bhattacharya
    Dilnavaz Bamboat
    Kala Ramesh
    Moushumi Ghosh
    Nuggehalli Pankaja
    Padmaja Iyengar
    Ramona Ceciu
    Rinzu Rajan
    Shobhana Kumar
    Sindhu Rajasekaran
    Smitha Sehgal
    Smruti Patil
    Vasuprada Kartic

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