Love in the time of plague: Ankit Raj Ojha

Ankit Raj Ojha

Papa finds poems in an old diary:
some written before I was born,
others when I was a week old.
He asks if I could edit the pieces.
Could a day be better spent?


People are words:
read them long and
they are indiscernible.

Happily Ever After

No love is eternal;
some feign immortality
by fatal intervention.

Bio: Ankit Raj Ojha is a poet, assistant professor of English, former rock band frontman and former software engineer from Chapra, Bihar, India. He works with the Department of Higher Education, Haryana, has a PhD from IIT Roorkee, is guest editor of Essence & Critique: Journal of Literature and Drama Studies (Bingöl University, Turkey), is a consulting editor with Routledge, and co-edits The Hooghly Review. Ankit has poetry, short fiction, research articles and reviews published/forthcoming in Johns Hopkins University Press, Routledge, Indian Literature (Sahitya Akademi), Stanchion, Native Skin, Outlook India, The Dillydoun Review, Dreich, and The Broadkill Review among other venues. He is a winner of the Hawakal Young Poets 2022 series and author of Pinpricks (Hawakal, 2022). 
Twitter: @ankit_raj01
Instagram: @ankitrajojha1

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