Joy Goswami
This One Noon by Joy Goswami

This One Noon by Joy Goswami

This noon I do not sleep, I do not wake, I do not die, I do not live Time enters the room through the window, until this noon I did not know my hand, my own thin hand is a lyre ...

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Don’t Wait For Your Lover Any Longer by Joy Goswami

Don’t Wait For Your Lover Any Longer by Joy Goswami

Dusk has fallen. Go home. Don’t wait any more. Trees, flats, trees, signboard, treesIn between the slate sky - in the distance, shops by evening Every scooter, ...

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One Man by Joy Goswami

One Man by Joy Goswami

Suspicion comes and sits on his shoulder one morning,Slowly with long, thin beak, it cleans his ear,When his eye closed with pleasure--- suspicion--- with a tweet enteredinto the ...

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In The Evening Sadness Comes… by Joy Goswami

In The Evening Sadness Comes… by Joy Goswami

In the evening sadness comes and stands by the door, his faceIs hidden, from the dying sun he took some colors and painted his body The sadness comes in the evening,I stretched my ...

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Rain-Drenched Winds In My Sleep by Joy Goswami

Rain-Drenched Winds In My Sleep by Joy Goswami

(1) When did light string me to sleep’s dark branches, O Tamal,When did ...

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Narrator by Joy Goswami

Narrator by Joy Goswami

Ash moves in the room, printed in darkness Paper, book, cover, painting, the call of dead birds---Ashes moving in the room, what is suppressed in the roomOne trunk of stories ...

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A Bathroom Fairytale by Joy Goswami

A Bathroom Fairytale by Joy Goswami

Lay yourself down, when you wish to be born lay yourself down in a grassy field meadow pasture lay yourself down and say Ma Baba Ma BabaSoon your body will become this tiny in the ...

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Poem From Another Land by Joy Goswami

Poem From Another Land by Joy Goswami

By deeper water, upon greener rock, I had pitched my tentAnd washed away with care the colour of my screamYour bone and stone ornaments dried on wet rockAnd Night would spread its ...

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Anniversary by Joy Goswami

Anniversary by Joy Goswami

A name I’ve written on a blade of grassOn the date my mother breathed her last.

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If You Must Ask Me by Joy Goswami

If You Must Ask Me by Joy Goswami

If you ask me, 'what have you done with your life'then I must tell you...One day I vomited, one day I swallowedOne day I touched the water and it changed into milkOne day by ...

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Things Recalled At Night by Joy Goswami

Things Recalled At Night by Joy Goswami

All that rainfallLaid out in the rainfall, all those dead bodiesBeating at the dead bodies, all that windTrembling with the wind but not billowing out, all those ...

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An Evening Of Rain by Joy Goswami

An Evening Of Rain by Joy Goswami

An eye had wandered, to another’s beloved, her leg.When, carelessly, her sari lifted just a little -Outside, the rain comes down. A lantern’s been lowered underneath the table, in ...

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The Burning Bird Drops by Joy Goswami

The Burning Bird Drops by Joy Goswami

Sizzling sound in the waterMy sleep brokenA billion years of sleepOver whose headThe hole of the sky, the iron cloud, andUnder that, circling, the silence of sinking earth

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Hieroglyph by Joy Goswami

Hieroglyph by Joy Goswami

Dead peacock in the dreamThe moonlight fell upon his bodyCactus in the verandaRoom besides the roofDried-up old birdsPierced by a skewerIn their voice The hissing windThe dead ...

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