Sankar Roy, originally from India, is an engineer, MBA, poet, translator, essayist and multimedia artist living near Pittsburgh, PA. He is a winner of PEN USA Emerging Voices, author of two chapbooks of poetry from Pudding House– Moon Country (2006) and The House My Father Could Not Build (forthcoming,2007) . He is an associate editor of international poetry anthology, Only the Sea Keeps: Poetry... more »
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Girls Of This Planet Are Like Jazz Musicians
While tapping spoons inside the emptied teacups,
they share stories from their extraterrestrial lives.
Nothing hush-hush with them.
They are also master improvisers.
Anything that happens on their corner
they embellish. They build upon it, change it
in their thoughts. With voices like cymbals
they often challenge one another.
Singing scat, someone insults a new moon
who lost everything and began wailing the blues.
The new moon just wails even louder.
Competition is fierce.
When a could-be tenor sax saunters by, they alter
their rhythm. ...