Stilettos

Stilettos

You should never wear stilettos, they are evil, my mother used to say. Her other life advice included, Do not wax your arms, or shape…

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Unturned

The Sukshma Series

The Sukshma Series is a first-hand account of an educated woman of post-colonial India reflecting on how the social and political set-up of the country defined the status of an Indian woman.

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Our English Cousin (2)

Our English Cousin (2)

(Without covering the tedious detailsthat would have to happen beforesuch a provision would be realized),since in my will I made a bequest“to found at Washington,under…

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Summit

Summit

They put a robot car on Mars to take pictures of rocks.It takes quite a while for the data to come back. About my future,…

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Droog 76

Droog 76

Our last bottle finishedno said my Russian friendthere are always seven drops leftseemed empty to me he holds the bottle up and waitsexactly seven dropsthere…

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THE WINTER EVERY PEN STOPPED WRITING WHILE THERE WAS STILL PLENTY OF INK LEFT

THE WINTER EVERY PEN STOPPED

was not a metaphor, and I like to thinkthe weed wasn’t either, the wayit took me three monthsto smoke half an ouncebecause I had one…

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MY FATHER’S FATHER HAD SYPHILIS

MY FATHER’S FATHER HAD SYPHILIS

He was a peddler in a horse-drawn wagon that sank beneath a load of watermelons, canary-yellow corn, bushels of gladiolas and mountains of ruby-red grapes….

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The Pistol as Means of Communication

The Pistol as Means of Communication

To not go home in January, I will burn my new calendars, as if they were bridges. An exercise just for show? What do you…

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Queen of the Cosmos

Queen of the Cosmos

The pink dogwood buds pop on green branch.In St. Peters church: beneath the Lucite cross, from his snowy mountain, rajastic in white,Father Conri gives a…

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C'est Fini

C’est Fini

The credits roll and the audience applauds on their feet.The sunset’s colors bid adieu before the night cloaks the earth.The last leaf of autumn floats…

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A Vigil on Tiger Hill

A Vigil on Tiger Hill

The dark climb before dawnto catch the first lightbefore it grows common.Windows rolled downto un-spelled anagramsall over night’s loose gown. Memory of an early downpourIn…

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UNFOUND

UNFOUND

If it was true, if it was true, I would be sitting at one windowAll one morning, testing the strength of the color blue. Is…

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The Payoff

The Payoff

Simply press the shutter halfway downto activate the metering system. Initially, you may find the system irksome,but may soon recognize its value. You’ll realize your…

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A Nilgai Deer in the City of Delhi

A Nilgai Deer in the City of Delhi

Between the high walland the roadwith six lines of trafficon a scrap of dried out soil under a dried up treea deer standsin the very…

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Coming to grips with the sound of water

Coming to grips with the sound of water

I should live in Tucson or somewhere parched, with no water of its own, anyplace that can only provide me a few critical drops a…

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