Previous Feature: Kushal Poddar
Kushal Poddar lives in Kolkata, India, and is 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, you can read recommended selections of Kushal’s poetry online by visiting Dressing Room Poetry Journal, Squalorly, and Tuck Magazine.
Late Night Bridge
“Enough,” screams a bird, but guilt mocks
in all impossible voices,
and the kids hit the boy known for
his tongue no one else can understand.
A land gone wrong, creek flows beneath,
escapes—an exile and a sojourn.
They turn toward me, “Hit him or
we’ll hit you.” And, I lift my left hand.
The cat saunters away.
Sparrows stir, shake off their
bloody feathers. In this life
they want more grains,
want them now.
The shadow of the rood implodes
back into the churchyard.
A cloud multiplies to nothing. Nothing.
You come home,
your back aching.
I touch your
flap their wings.
A storm will
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