(All poems are linked either to the publishers' pages or my Medium page)
The ghost of pestis, mirrors the times. When she despairs, she also rhymes.
My poem, a single rhyme titled 'Papita and Martin', has been anthologized in a book titled 'ZOOANTHOLOGY: About the Animals in our Lives', published by Sweetycat Press (USA), in 2022.
It is available for purchase on Amazon.
About this poem: I have spent 17 years in Mumbai, raising two loyal lhasas, only to realise they do not belong there. They’re meant to play around in the snow in Tibet, not suffer the heat of India. I'm sorry.
Read it here on my Medium page.
About: My poetry chapbook 'Yersinia Pestis' has been published by Los Angeles-based Bottlecap Press (September 2023)
Yersinia Pestis, the bacterium that led to the deadly medieval plague, is the eponym of this chapbook, a collection of six poems of varying length and style but similar in theme, mood and clime.
Some of these poems were written during the worst hour of the recent pandemic, while others were born in the afterglow of the carnage. But all six pieces germinated from the same idea, that human beings and the microbes that infect, envenom and slaughter them are very alike. Just like us, these invisible germs want to reproduce and thrive, with little concern for the creatures they live off.
This mix of rhymes and free verse is a meditation on the human condition as seen through the prism of disease. It’s also an ode to the existential angst, despair, disquietude and madness that the plague of our century has left in its wake.