TWI Poetry : Afternoon Tea in Tombach

A poem by Jan Ball Afternoon Tea in Tombach The brutal red of the tea gardenroses: I want to shield my eyes from them, perhaps the effect of too much caffeinated Earl Grey tea and Black Forest Cakein the Bavarian sun. The vivid pink Queen Elizabeth roses I cultivated in my Brisbanegarden, how I sliced the stemsof two dozen…

TWI Poetry : Collecting Mothers, Moonshine, Ripe Fruit

Three poems by Candice Louisa Daquin Collecting Mothers As a child, as an adult I collected mothers bewitched by what had been absent the soft strength and maturing gravitas of gentle women who suspend the sky It has long been a desire of mine to inhabit the energy of a mother’s soul, long enough to…

TWI Poetry : Reading Poetry, Vaira Mookkutti

Two poems by Pooja Ugrani Reading poetry I jump into your quagmire wading through greys like a sieve, between fictionand places that aren’t. Stained with what sticks I wish the rest remains water under a bridge. Tell me, did you jump in naked too? Vaira mookutti  keloids shine alongside stones,survival of the right nostrilthreatened by her maamiyaarwho aggressively strivesto home…

TWI Poetry : A letter to myself, Vrishabhavati

Two poems by Namrata Narendra A letter to myself Spread even, your flesh against the gnarled roots-push against the carmine walls that caress you;you will learn to outgrow them.Drape around the trunk until one can’t tellwhere flesh stops and pulp begins.Breathe in carbon, breathe out oxygen Remind yourself that you are a symbiont;move branches to…

TWI Reviews : Gariahat Junction by Rituparna Roy

by Bhaswati Ghosh                   A woman in today’s world is as layered as the realms she inhabits. She could be at home or work in a college; she toils equally hard in the kitchen and towards her thesis; she seeks happiness in a marriage and is content without being in one. She’s okay with not…

TWI Reviews : A Burning by Megha Majumdar

By Anu Mahadev Megha Majumdar’s punchy debut, ‘A Burning’, (Alfred Knopf, June 2020), expertly explores the underbelly of Kolkata’s slums, and captures the daily struggles of those who live day to day, hand to mouth. Three unforgettable characters, whose stories tangle with each other, are the focus of this standout novel. Mirroring much of what…

TWI Poetry : Ad Infinitum, Window to the West

Two poems by Sufia Khatoon Ad Infinitum Add ad infinitum to your name repeat after me –  to search the emptiness is endless To remain forever you must reshape the cosmic stars black and hollow. Do you know the last remaining cell will lose track of the conscious mind?  What then my friend?  Memory too…

TWI Poetry : A Rough Draft of an Assault

A poem by Nivedita Rao A rough draft of an assault  Lack of sugar or salt  Lead to weekly assault  A kick here. A kick there.  The footprints of his thunder  Everynight, landed on her threshold  None could bear the sight it behold  * He never picked up the plate Dried. Smeared with remnants.  He…

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, Prey Now a Huntress

Two poems 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. Prey Now a…