TWI Poetry : Beyond the Scars

A poem by Chitrangada Lahiri  Beyond the Scars “You are so pretty.”She smiled, eyes depicting another story…. Old facial scars, carefully  concealed.Slashes on her wrists, under full sleeves.A broken nose, long mended.Burn marks, underneath the dresses.Reminder of every slap, punch and kick. Added expletives, in her vocabulary.Years of abuse, and things gory.All the misery and…

TWI Poetry : In our silence

A poem by Antoinette F. Winstead In our silence In our silencesitting quietly,by the fire,together, The rustle of a turning pagereminds me of children  we never bore, And, in the chatter ofsaucer and spoon,  echoes anger –dismissed,left to simmer. In our silence,the fire burns low,pages turn,and tea cools,while we sit quietly,together –alone. Antoinette F. Winstead’s…

TWI Poetry : Blue Wife Adopts Puppies, Blue Wife Puts Too Much Stock in a Good Day

Two poems by Hayley Mitchell Haugen Blue Wife Adopts Puppies and walks them to feel the weight of her own self lifting; in the morning, after the rain, the droplets echo leaf to leaf in her forest-ringed suburbia; the pups investigate deer droppings, parade the street triumphantly gumming tree limbs, two drooling mouths to one end each, wobbling  shoulder…

TWI Poetry : Stay at home,Where did you come from?

Two poems by Kashiana Singh Stay at home often these daysmy tongue breaksrecoiling as its energyfield trespasses yourstackling each othercrumbling intoridiculed bits you fiddle with thelast placid raisinin your cereal bowl often these daysmy words despairscraping, stutteringscreaming, streamingfilaments of a foreignbody choke my tracheamy voice raspy my fork is rapidly activelacerating the chickennudging zest into…

TWI Winter: A Reading List

Gayatri Sethi (Desi Book Aunty) As the Pandemic persists, and we enter another phase of hibernation or social distancing, I have curated a list of books that offer comfort during wintry times. Whether we are braving a personal season of grief or enduring isolation during what is usually a season of festivity, these books potentially…

TWI Review: The Borderland Between Worlds

Reviewed by T Nicole Cirone Author: Ayesha F. Hamid Publisher: Auctus Publishers, 2020 When we first meet Ayesha, it is the summer between her freshman and sophomore years in college, and she is about to set off for the mall to find a summer job. Her future at Chestnut Hill College depends on her making…

TWI Poetry: Skin

by Lina Krishnan Skin Her gnarled branches A tapestry  Layers of living At every pore Somewhere A woodcutter has struck Broken, bruised  Feeble now Hesitant, trust gone Yet life flows Her young limbs Glow in the recent rain Green veins in white bark Arc de triomphe Over the trunk Holding up, still Like a tired…

TWI Poetry: Survival, Dancing place, and Spring cleaning

Three poems by Megha Sood Survival Have you noticed the slow cleaving in my backbone? the seamless transformation branching into my thousand self like a sapling breaking out from the blind seed. I’m sprouting I am growing: Growing like a medusa this fecundity of myself breaking out into the thousands version of me morphing into…

TWI Poetry: The bride with no eyelashes

By Michelle D’costa The bride with no eyelashes Do you want a bride Who has eyelashes Like every other girl? The girl I know Is not ordinary Like every other girl  You have dated. If you want an extraordinary bride, I know where she lives. I know exactly where she lives, In the past. Her…

TWI Dil Se: Veena Rao

As the founder publisher of NRI Pulse—the first newspaper to be run by an Indian woman—Veena Rao talks about her journey, her sisterhood, and now her first book, Purple Lotus, which touches on the theme of domestic violence and empowerment. By Pooja Garg Congratulations on your first book! How would you describe the journey of…