K Srilata (Colours of Love and Barriers)

K Srilata
K Srilata was a writer in residence at the University of Stirling, Scotland, Yeonhui Art Space, Seoul and Sangam house. A former Professor of English from IIT Madras, she has five collections of poetry, the latest of which, The Unmistakable Presence of Absent Humans, was published by Poetrywala in 2019. Srilata has a novel titled Table for Four (Penguin, India) and is co-editor of the anthology Rapids of a Great River: The Penguin Book of Tamil Poetry.

Beef Curry

In this town, everything has a caste.
Even the lunch boxes of students
and what they hold
are caste, not love.
And yet a certain girl
has fallen for him.

Fallen for
the shape of his fingers,
his berry-black eyes,
and that something in his voice 
as he asks:
Care for some beef curry?

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