Three Poems by Sanjeev Sethi

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By Sanjeev Sethi 


A felicific crack does what it’s meant to.
It is the but at its end
that causes the consternation.

As revisionists: how will our coupling be recorded?
I tried holding a smoke-filled room
in my palm while you ran out of reefers.

If this is stultiloquy
please borrow
our brief.



Handholding isn’t a part of the pattern.
Mostly, I have to carry myself
through the course.
This pushes me to author a portraiture
with contrary poetic currency.

You cling to me like another skin.
Your breath releases me from myself.
Be fair, my love.
I wish to fly from one fringe to another.
Again and again, as in imagination.



Post the onfall of the pandemic
approval ratings
of poetic webinars are on a rise.
The other night on
a streaming service
a volley of global voices
captivated me with their craft.
While leave-taking
a thought cruised my circuitry:
barring the host
poets ran with short
to singularize their contribution.

Sanjeev Sethi is published in over thirty countries. His poems have found a home in more than 350 journals or online literary venues. Wrappings in Bespoke is joint-winner of Full Fat Collection Competition-Deux organized by the Hedgehog Poetry Press UK. It is his fourth full-length collection. It will be launched in 2021. Recent Credits: Berfrois, Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Dreich Magazine, NOON | journal of the short poem, Kairos Literary Magazine, The Big Windows Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Mumbai, India.


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