Volume 4 Issue 2, June 2020
Special Issue for Indian Poetry

Inam Hussain Mullick

The Night Decorates

 

the night

decorates

the sandy landscape

with winds

and leaf helmets,

 

angry prophets

race downhill

with flowers of fire,

 

drums exclaim

the legend

of Moses and the Pharaoh,

 

the town bard

cries,

“what do you know

of torment?”,

 

the river listens

and listens

and explodes into a dream

that orbits

the skulls of sleeping fish,

 

the blue prisoners

walk skyward.

 

 

 

A Libidinous Cat

 

a libidinous cat

eats

the night clouds,

 

an insect worships

Edgar Allan Poe,

 

I made some moonlight

to shine

on your nakedness,

 

we raid

hell's auditorium

and recover

a saxophone sunset,

 

my sense of history

cracks,

who won the battle of Plassey?

 

we beguile our time

watching

a wicked star

as high appellations crumble,

 

the horror

the horror

 

a city

drenched in platinum

is your recent address,

your lips

the shade of an easy gree,

 

I know

your gentle face

and the wrath

within,

 

all is not lost,

Juliet,

in our underground opera

of contraband songs,

the blade of love

cuts less.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Your Hands

 

in your hands

darkness

is a toy

 

night's engines

engulf

the wind,

 

city of paperwork dream

witnesses Adam's rising

lust for witches

 

in the arc of moonlight

you sing

 

ducks populate

the hut of witchcraft

 

winter becomes music

 

what is more urgent

than me meeting you

in the garden of apricots?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ocean Blinks

 

the ocean blinks

and touches the kingdom

of turtles

 

pigeons fly

above fences

by divine permission

 

I am waiting for

a silver summer

and you dancing

 

the debris

of my life

have grown eyes

 

during the civil war

I remember

the sparrow grandmother's

afternoon stories

 

the job market

crashes

into the teapot

I nurture my hard-on

and the revolution

 

in a pure bass moment

ghosts genuflect.

 

 

About the poet

Inam Hussain Mullick is a poet, composer, photographer, performance artiste and independent scholar from Kolkata, India. He is the recipient of a Certificate of Excellence, presented to him at Poetry Paradigm's Kavi Samman. His photography has been awarded by The B/W Minimalists and Fuoco Visuale. His poetry, fiction, photography and articles have appeared in various anthologies, journals and magazines in print and on the internet, including Cologne of Heritage: Incredible Bengal, Love My Religion, Poetry with Prakriti, Duane's PoeTree, Hyderabad Express, Microsoft Create to Inspire, Prosopisia, Neesah and The Statesman. His digital painting has appeared in Xart magazine. He has penned a column, Random Harvest, for Evolve, The Statesman. Readers and reviewers have compared his poems to the magic realist prose of Marquez, the paintings of Jackson Pollock and the verses of Eliot and Lorca. His publications in print include Roses for the Madhouse (Cult of Beauty, 2010), a handcrafted collection of poems, Winter's Electric Architecture (Hawakal Publishers, 2016) and The Magical Life of Inamorato (Writers Workshop, forthcoming). He has performed at prominent art events, festivals and spaces in India. He edits The Cauldron, Dolchhut, Erothanatos (Poetry Editor), the quiver review and writes the blog 7Xi at www.inamoratopublications.blogspot.com.

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