Kushal Poddar

Seeing You, Not You

You, not you, the light behind you
gleaming, rendering dim to
your face and shape- and every time
you shift your head to adjust
a strand or a streak, blinding me
in a jiff- approach and I close
my eyes to see if I still
have those dreams. You, not you, draw
the chair and sit. I look
beyond you, yonder a bird
pecks away the grains of fall.
Accidental Sweetness
The sweet scent of rot
awakens us, in
the morning.

The man whose hand
was caught in
a weather balloon

drifts over this house.
The mass, mess, light

The sweetness we hold
between our lips,
or I intake

to escape from it,
or you dunk your

all have the body
of him, the one
got high, Godlike.
Pretty as dark

Lazing on the ledge
a moonlit leap
a moon flight
and shy crow caws
Pretty As Unprinted
Small cells undone
one by one,

bubble wrap noon,
dwarf shadow

tall tree, one step
more and my

balcony ends.
One step back

and more of the room
for darkness

breathes in and shrinks,
breathes out and grows.

Here goes a picture
pretty as

anything unprinted.
Here flies a bird

to sit on the fence.
One more step.
Open Air Drinkhouse
rom my unclasped hand
the glass lifts up, glides, whisky
burning inside, in the cloud,
out of its bear shaped clod,
near the moon, brighter than the orb,
sacred something, swirling,
representing a forlorn festival.


Kushal Poddar, widely published in several countries, prestigious anthologiesku included Men In The Company of Women, Penn International MK etc, Van Gogh’s Ear, been featured amongst the poets for the month December by Tupelo Press, Vine Leaves Literary Journal’s Best of 2014 and in various radio programs in Canada and USA presently lives at Kolkata and writing poetry, fictions and scripts for short films when not engaged in his day job as a lawyer in the High Court At Calcutta and an English Language Trainer in various universities. He is editor of the online magazine ‘Words Surfacing’ He authored ‘The Circus Came To My Island’ (Spare Change Press, Ohio) and “A Place For Your Ghost Animals” (Ripple Effect Publishing, Colorado Springs). The forthcoming book is  “Understanding The Neighborhood” (BRP, Australia).