Poetry by Kushal Poddar & Photography by Alexandrina Ana, I

Sweeper

The drunkard
rolls and gybes
on to the path
of the sweeper.
A cleaner way
this morning,
he prays, light guts,
neater heart.

“Sweep me home!”

The sweeper
adjusts her
sari, raises
her broom in
exaggeration,

her smile
sanitary
between stained teeth.

 

Belongings

A torn man
begs for a crate
from the apple seller.

That will be
his table,
his seat,
his secret chest.

 

Kushal Poddar lives in Kolkata, India, where he works as a lawyer in the High Court at Calcutta. He is the author of three poetry collections: The Circus Came To My Island (Spare Change Press, 2014), A Place For Your Ghost Animals (Ripple Effect Publications, 2015), and the forthcoming Understanding the Neighborhood (BRP). Widely published both nationally and internationally, recommended selections of his poetry can be read online at Dressing Room Poetry JournalSqualorly, and Tuck Magazine. To learn more about Kushal, be sure to visit his Facebook.

Alexandrina Ana is a photographer from Bucharest, Romania. Her work was previously exhibited on December 1, 2013, in the city of Alba Iulia, on the occasion of the National Day. To view more of Alexandrina’s photography, please visit Deviant Art and 500px.

 

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