i saw you gliding
across the layered heap
of silver quiet
almost touching the firmament
like an atom swirling
in the void
to craft a world
you can touch with your skin.
a hollowness gently
shivers, resonating with the noise
of a sleepless anxiety
and you rise like an angel
to invisible heights
while i stay melancholic
in my under-world of ancient inertia.
dreams of fire
the galaxies weave the fabric
and paint it with liquid stars
i can see my infinite faces there
from my reptiles crawling in the
to my disembodied godheads.
stuck right at the transition
i am oblivious, love-stuck and
enlightened; trying to find
the fire which i have never lost.
string-theory of multiple and one
there i implode like a supernova
my vapors silently mirroring
all the dimensions,
even the curled-up ones
making sub-atomic knots
on the wall
of my space-time make-believes.
fractured, the whole universe becomes
my body; i am in each grain of soil,
in every rain-drop
and in each pollen,
to terraform an alien dystopia.
A Glimpse of Eternal Snows celebrates Nepali wildlife: a smooth grey boulder lifts its head to become a rhinoceros; a langur look-out hysterically grunts the alarm from the treetop as a tiger merges into the dappled scrub; and a menacing mantis makes her home in the makeshift bathroom and refuses to become a pet.
—Jane Wilson Howarth, from her book, A Glimpse of Eternal Snows: A Journey of Love and Loss in the Himalayas
Many thanks to Sudeep Adhikari from Kathmandu, Nepal, for this Sunday’s cosmic poetry! Sudeep is a structural engineer/Lecturer and poet whose recent publications were with Beatnik Cowboys, Chiron Review, The Ekphrastic Review, Midnight Lane Boutique, Occulum, Silver Birch Press, Eunoia Review, Utt Poetry and Spilling Cocoa over Martin Amis. Also a Pushcart Prize nominee for the year 2018, Sudeep is currently working on his 4th poetry-book, Hyper-Real Reboots, which is scheduled for publication in September 2018 through Weasel Press, Texas. Welcome to the Kitchen, Sudeep, and don’t be a stranger!
Poets everywhere will be saddened to learn of the death of Beat Poet and Author Bobbie Louise Hawkins. To read more about her, see www.nytimes.com/2018/05/18/obituaries/bobbie-louise-hawkins-beat-poet-and-author-dies-at-87.html/. For some of her poems, see www.bobbielouisehawkins.com/category/daily-poem/.
Don’t forget today’s readings in our area: from 2-3pm, James Lee Jobe will host the new Davis Art Center Poetry Series, featuring Traci Gourdine and William O’Daly, at Davis Art Center on F Sts. in Davis. Also today, Lara Gularte will host Poetry in Placerville, featuring Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas plus open mic, 1-3pm at Love Birds Coffee and Tea Co. on Broadway in Placerville. Scroll down to the blue column (under the green column at the right) for info about these and other upcoming poetry events in our area—and note that more may be added at the last minute.
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