Eve’s Daughter

  Photo Credit: Vinita Agrawal     Eve’s daughter I am Eve’s daughter, that’s my crime. On top of that—poetry!—the greatest crime. I am not a spectacle. I must speak my mind. I can think, so I should be hanged! My every word, every cry is a crime. On top of that—poetry!—the greatest crime. I’m…

Poems on Incarceration and Acid Attacks by Jhilmil Breckenridge

Image courtesy stamptoscana.it       Lakshmi’s Eyes Only the eyes remain as they were. The rest of her face is ravaged by acid. Acid thrown by two boys on a cycle. Just another dare. She combs her long hair carefully. Plaits it neatly away from her face. No curtain of hair to hide behind….

Royal Revelations by Jhilmil Breckenridge

Image courtesy parade.com Recently, the British royal couple, William and Kate, visited India. While they were in the press for all the normal things, wildlife parks, orphanages and the Taj Mahal, one of the items that received the most press was a Marilyn type moment, when Kate’s white dress flew upwards, revealing a lack of…

An Open Letter To Freud

Image credit : Google     Late Mallika Sengupta was renowned for the political attitude she displayed in her remarkably bold poetry. We reproduce here one of her better known poems in which she confronts Freud about the perceived superiority of men over women. LETTER TO FREUD In man’s body an extra limb Invested with eternal…

Purple Bruises, Unconcealed Scars

Image courtesy Google. Poetry  by Gayatri Chawla   Hyperopia Outside my window cornflower sky, persian blue pottery on my kitchen sill wall mount painting of baby Krishna turquoise skirt flitting on the clothesline indigo computer screen blinking in solitude bluish purple bruises glowing in the dark. ** Concealer She glances at her exquisite gold watch…

Veils, Halos and Shackles

  All over the world, girls and women are victims of violence, oppression, and discrimination. No country, no community, no religious or ethnic group is immune. Too often, women’s voices are stifled, ignored, or trivialized — and as a result, other victims of abuse feel alone and unsupported. ​A Unique and Important Anthology As part…