Shloka Shankar

Opening the Wrong Door

when the wind is right,
talking foxes are a possibility

when my world falls on your compass,
a hole is sliced out of the air

when I’m caught in the wrong current,
I trace the outline of infinity

when I’m a continent of disappointment,
I’m full of contradictions

when the smell of impending rain
is trapped somewhere in my bones,

I fall through mirrors,
standing right back where I started.

Not for Sale 

Everything fell                       apart 

in a wave             of     pasts;

the         lost      and            s   h   a   t   t   e   r   e   d 
            on        this        journey 


                             the rest,                        moving on,

show us the way 

                                             (being dead for a while);

                     a bag of broken wall/
                     not for sale.

(Note. The poems are remixes of selected words, phrases, and sentences from multiple chapters of Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire. The monoku are culled from individual chapters of and the final visual is made up of chapter headings from the same book.)

Shloka Shankar is a freelance writer and visual artist from Bangalore, India. She loves experimenting with Japanese short-forms and remixed/cut-up poetry alike. Her poems have most recently appeared in Failed Haiku, h&, Poetry WTF?!, Under the Basho, Rogue Agent, and so on. Shloka is the founding editor of the literary & arts journal Sonic Boom, as well as its affiliated press, Yavanika.
Twitter: @shloks89
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Blogger Kyle Hemmings said...

These are magnificent pieces. Brilliant!

8:35 AM  

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