Smita Agarwal

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Smita Agarwal is the author of two collections of poems, Wish-granting Words, Poems (Ravi Dayal: New Delhi,2002) and Mofussil Notebook. Contemporary Indian Poetry in English (Brown Critique/Sampark: Calcutta,2014) . Her poems have been widely anthologized in magazines and books such as Nine Indian Women Poets (OUP: 1997) , Verse: Indian Poetry Feature (UK/USA) , Reasons For Belonging, ... more »

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That impossible love
Dwells in miraculous space
Where, the cliff - mad
With isolation and grief -
Embraces, in a death-grip,
The void;
Where, the raging sea
Rushes to kiss the horizon -
Cold and detached;
Where, land - flattened,
Trod upon, weighed down,
Nevertheless, lifts itself to lie
With the sky, one last time …

We must go on
Towards this fabulous place
Talked about by Shams and Rumi;
This northern star
Which, maybe, does not exist...

There will be times
When the feet, bruised and torn,
Will give up.
The ...

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