Jharna Sanyal: Poetry (Voices Within 2021)

Jharna Sanyal was formerly a Professor at the Department of English, University of Calcutta. Her translation of Ashapurna Devi’s short stories The Magic Web and Other Stories- Ashapurna Devi on the Window and the World and the collection of poems The Nomadic Trail are widely acclaimed.





autumn leaves
dropping unrhymed
poems at my doorstep

summer gale
paper boat flying
ant in fold

tin roof
how little rain knows
of music

scent of orange
on grandmother's lips



caught between branches
he’d have been nine

smiling moon

my garden

 mops up spillover


and I
nothingness in layers

dry leaf
in between pages
forest burning



the way

dead wood speaks

still the same
only i need toothpicks



a net

shadow and more shadows



fern’s afterlife

quivering in a puddle

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