Shloka Shankar 

From Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House: 
Two Erasures & Two Remixed Poems

stop thinking things like that: a zuihitsu an odd pleasure— why am I talking to my own imagination? the constant persecution with a broom for a number of years: postcards the darkness & oppression why am I here? but what about now? should I say how sorry I am? I’m terrible, aren’t I? do you want to leave? what really frightens people? what is going to happen? time after time your sense of balance / an aberration / leans sideways a jangle of strings / measures time / as you choose the wrong doors / again / a most / suitable spot with no direct / way / to the outside
Shloka Shankar is a poet, editor, publisher, and self-taught visual artist from Bangalore, India. A Best of the Net nominee and award-winning haiku poet, her poems and artwork have appeared in over 200 online and print venues of repute. In addition, she has edited and co-edited six international poetry anthologies since 2016. Shloka is the Founding Editor of Sonic Boom and its imprint Yavanika Press. When she isn't poring over manuscripts, you can find her making abstract art, digital collages, or conducting poetry workshops. Shloka is the author of the microchap Points of Arrival (Origami Poems Project, 2021) and her debut full-length haiku collection, The Field of Why (Yavanika Press, 2022). Website: www.shlokashankar.com | Instagram: @shloks23
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