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Somewhere by Amit Shankar Saha

Art by Winslow Homer


Somewhere on a windowsill 

of an autumn house

you now rarely visit

a wood-carved name

could not be wiped out.

Somewhere the name

awakes into light

like a speckled reflection

on the crinkled surface

of crumbling memories.

Somewhere a hurt

hidden under the bed

hibernates like a sequin

from a birthday party

you fail to recollect.

Somewhere the hurt

in your attic heart

grows old and soft

and exists as a spot 

with no name.

Amit Shankar Saha is a widely-published award-winning poet and short story writer. He has won the Poiesis Award for Excellence in Literature, the Wordweavers Prize, and the Nissim International Runner-up Prize for Poetry. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Griffin Poetry Prize. He is the co-founder of Rhythm Divine Poets, the Assistant Secretary of Intercultural Poetry and Performance Library and the Fiction Editor of Ethos Literary Journal. His poems have been included in Best Indian Poetry Anthology 2018 and he has read his poems at Sahitya Akademi, Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival and at other literary events. His two collections of poems are titled Balconies of Time and Fugitive Words. He has co-edited a volume of short stories titled Dynami Zois. He has a PhD in English from Calcutta University and teaches in the English Department of Seacom Skills University. 


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