Ms. Sreetanwi Chakraborty, India (Winging through Gloom: Poetry of Hope and Recovery)

Sreetanwi Chakraborty
Sreetanwi Chakraborty, a bilingual poet, translator, is an Assistant Professor of English in Amity University Kolkata, and the Chief Editor of Litinfinite Journal. She has been an invited poet by the Sahitya Akademi, Chandrabhaga Poetry Committee, Setu, The Asian Cha, Muse India, Kavya Bharati, and more. Her recent works are 'Of Dry Tongues and Brave Heart’ and a translated short story of Kazi Nazrul Islam in an anthology from Kazi Nazrul University (upcoming).


It was a heaving winter evening,
The gurgling Ganges looking with all its longing charm
At the serrated passages to the land of amaratva.
The ashpits all around the monotony of a regular jabbering
Surrounded by the brick walls, barbers, and priests,
Paying homage to the bygone days and tastes of half-baked sugarcane cubes...
Old Ambika maasi thought to recover, singing the canary song on an old charpaai in her home
The last tinge of the crimson sun shimmering across the furrowed jaws of her mother...
She thought of the days that the boatman curated with his oars
The last few drops of lemon-honey smile clinging on to her lips...
Twilight shone on the bridge of the Banaras night
In ecstatic gloom and yarns of promise...
Free was the tarpaulined evening, blistered and riding high on the Ganges waves
Inventing rotten mirages in history books
And last rites that regaled the tourists with swirling smokes through the mahogany sky...

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