Amit Shankar Saha (Voices Within)

Amit Shankar Saha is an award-winning poet and short story writer. He has won the Poiesis Award, Wordweavers Prize, Nissim International Runner-up Prize. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Griffin Poetry Prize. He is the co-founder of Rhythm Divine Poets, Assistant Secretary of Intercultural Poetry and Performance Library, Fiction Editor of Ethos Literary Journal and Chief Executive Editor of Virasat Art Publication. His two collections of poems are titled "Balconies of Time" and "Fugitive Words". He has a PhD in English from Calcutta University and teaches in the English Department of Seacom Skills University.


What if I tell you
the story of my origin,
of how I was born
in a faraway cosmos
as one half of a galaxy,
of how I spent my childhood
with blackholes and supernovas,
where the frenetic winds made
leaves of many nebulas shake,
of how I used to travel
in envelops of time and space,
and in my youth loved not one
but each and every universe,
would you believe me?
So, I fabricate this fiction
of my mother and this earth.

What If in the Maps?

What if I joined you
for a fag in the middle -
passing the filter tip
from lip to lip,
exchanging clouds of carbon
between our lungs,
and smokescreening the world
we vanished from the venue?
What if
in the maps of our beings
we discover a secret
island of possibilities
where the nights are gossamer
and the stars all untrimmed?


You know at night
when I lie in my room,
the room becomes a hermitage.
The world outside
recedes far away.
Even you are not there.
Only memories
cohabit with me.
They speak to me,
I ask them to be quiet.
Nostalgia comes easy,
sometimes riding on
the tunes of a sitar,
sometimes out of nowhere.
You know if you breathe
close to me
you can smell

this hermitage. 

Voices Within-2020 :: Setu, February 2020

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