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

Jaydeep Sarangi



Game Called Love


With you I first visited

temples and ghats.

my weather was you,only you.


Today, I  follow the last leaves

falling hard against the ground.

You suddenly stopped sitting with me

speaking to them.


Alone I sit.

I remember a quiet kiss somewhere

senses forgotten, only a bit of cold game.





Life Changer


You look far way, something in the past

for a bigger idea as a game of deceit.

You spend all the time

looking at the material

Until you find an image

that tells you everything.


A holy inspiration, power within

oozing out of lips, hard and sharp.

Breaking all false notions

slides of truth with strong muscles.


The raw Sun is blazing.

Words are riding on the lion faith.

After a dummy social distancing

life sketch is on wall of fame.






Marriage Bells


The bells are here again, watch their

rapid movements in the dark.

They are wild tonight, beating loud.



Night  birds are out

called as guests for the fest.

Night is groom, soft

twinkling stars , bride for the night.


A marriage of minds, somewhere.







Sons and Daughters of the Happy River


Tell me

If I’m in your circle of prayers,

a crossing and re-crossing.


Goddess Ganga descended

when Lord Shiva released

the mighty river from the locks of his hair.


Alakananda is my headstream

my watery image, I am her shadow.



Today, after every loss

there is something to gain.





About the poet

Jaydeep Sarangi is a widely anthologized  bilingual poet with  eight collections in English latest being Heart Raining the Light (2020) released in Rome. He has read his poems on different shores of the globe. His later readings were at Flinders University, University of Western Australia, University of South Australia, University of Wollongong, Perth Poetry Club (Australia), University of Udine (Italy) and University of Rzeszow (Poland). Sarangi is on the  editorial boards of different journals featuring poetry and articles on poetry like Mascara Literary Review, Transnational Literature (Australia), Setu (USA), Geetanjali and Beyond (Scotland) Teesta, WEC (India). He has seven critical books on poetry and edited special issues on poetry for reputed journals in India and abroad. Among his recent awards, the Setu Award of Excellence for 2019 (Petersburg, USA). He is a professor of English and principal at New Alipore College, Kolkata. Email: jaydeepsarangi@gmail.com

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