Volume 4 Issue 2, June 2020
Special Issue for Indian Poetry
I’m not stationed on speeding wheels now
There’s no compulsion to visit astrologers
I’m learning to do without self-appointed gods
I do without a fancy haircut and resemble a pir baba
There’s no urgency to shun slang from my private thesaurus
There’s no rule to follow traffic-signals on the writing desk
There’s no pressure to become somebody
Death sips my coffee, all too leisurely
There’re no worries of a body-complex
The potbelly is an all-too familiar pal
I’ve started to understand better, the villain of my story
I don’t prune love
Like hedges of public gardens.
My Executive Diary Turns Personal
Appointments like unfailing morning ablutions
Calendar dates follow like monthly salaries
Pre- and post-noon schedules
Ensue like factory productions
Speed and bulk on the wheels of hurry.
Then comes a sudden slow down
The planets had been spinning too fast
We snored away the early mornings
When Nature replenished herself
In a million shapes and colours.
I note the goldfish observe the world
I study each hexagon honey comb
With the unhurried pour of tomato juice
From a Dei Fratelli bottle.
I shut them out
Outside the door
Their nails grow
And scratch on glass
Give them a proper hearing
A suitable audience.
Not All Vaccines Are Medical
I search for the Golden Oriole
In a mortar and steel universe
A child’s zig-zag crayon lines
Are fog-lights that guide me home
The aloe vera scent melts
All the literary devices
A new Mont Blanc nib
Sketches figures from the myth-kitty
Unrenewed marriage vows emerge
From neglected tooth-cavities
Unsolved maladies are discarded
Like the nubby green skin of custard apples
Building love and bridges
On supplies of laws and logistics.
About the poet
Dr. Subhadeep Paul is currently Assistant Professor in The Department of English, School of Literature, Language and Cultural Studies, Bankura University, India. He has co-directed a Two-Year Major Research Project entitled “Discoursing the Homeless Elderly: Tropes, Desires, Containment” (2016-18), funded by the Indian Council of Social Science Research and in collaboration with The University of Swansea, UK. In this connection, he has conducted field-surveys and interviews of pavement dwellers, the homeless elderly, migrants, ashramites and BPL tribal converts of East and North-Eastern India. Finite Sketches, Infinite Reaches, published in 2009 from Writers’ Workshop, Kolkata, is his first book of poems. His poems, short stories and non-fictional writing have appeared in various forums such as Blue Minaret Literary Journal, Earthen Lamp Journal, The Four Quarters Magazine, Northeast Review, The Sunday Statesman, The Telegraph etc. His poem ‘Scotbuds’ was selected as the newest entry in Thali Katori: An Anthology of Scottish & South Asian Poetry (Edited by Bashabi Fraser and Alan Riach), published in 2017 by Luath Press, Edinburgh. Another poem ‘Beyond Iron Curtains’ was selected by Rochelle Potkar as the best poem in the Green Tara-Rhythm Divine Indo-Russian Poetry Contest held in 2018 at Gorky Sadan, Kolkata.