2020 Open Call , Poems - Kalyani Bindu



Something metaphorical on the bushes

By Kalyani Bindu

Friendless destitute smell human frenzies
in strange lands, often find something
metaphorical on the bushes too,
unsettling orphaned walks counting figures
in holes of sisterly nether-ends,
vulvae on prickly bushes shape-shifting
into red-and-grainy-white blooms breaking
morning sweat into plastic-thin mist
as spiders weave a silky perch
in a kaleidoscopic rut. Metaphors trespass
in succession. The hole in my neck leaks air.
Morning grows a thick unmoving stare.
Leaves swirl in epileptic fits like fingers in holes.
The air is sewn again with zygotic stillness.


Kalyani Bindu from India is a writer and researcher. 'Two Moviegoers' was her first poetry collection. During her stint as a columnist (The Occasional Owl) in White Crow Art Daily, she wrote about socio-cultural and gender issues. Her poems and essays have appeared in Better than Starbucks, Variant Literature Journal, Active Muse, Madras Courier, Muse India, Indian Review, Ethos Literary Journal, Modern Literature, Navalokam, Bhashaposhini and the Indian Express.


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