The Wardobe’s Best Dressed: Bird of the Indian Subcontinent by Subhashini Kaligotla

 

VESSANTARA

First to go was the talisman—
The elephant who carried rain clouds.

Then brocades and bolsters and millefleur carpets.
Next the girl and boy who served cocktails and zinnias.

After the woman nothing was left. Though still to go: sounds
Overheard through shuttered windows. When his voice grew strange

Like vowels in another language, he reclaimed her: a pitch
In the mewl of a hinge, and lost that too—body, voice, the keening.

 


 

This selection comes from Bird of the Indian Subcontinent, available from the (Great) Indian Poetry Collective. Order your copy here. Our curator for October is Tausha Fouts.

Subhashini Kaligotla is a poet and architectural historian of medieval India. A graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program in Creative Writing and a Kundiman poetry fellow, she has published in such journals as The Caravan, diode, LUMINA, New England Review, and The Literary Review. Anthology appearances include collections of Indian and diaspora poetry, most notably Penguin India’s 60 Indian Poets and The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets. Kaligotla is Assistant Professor of South Asian Art at Yale University.

Tasha Fouts is the 2018-2019 SAFTA Writer in Residence at Firefly Farms.  She received her MFA from Bowling Green State University.  Her work has appeared in Salt Hill, Bateau, Glass, Birds Piled Loosely, and Small Portions.  She is a co-founder and an editor at Packingtown Review and hosts the podcast Getting Drunk with Writers.

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