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Open outcry almost sonnet
for K

Rishi Dastidar

In your scrapbook of transcendence

are there more than introductory kisses

to your handfast love, the one who flutters

back and back and back, reborn in their

absence not as salvation but rather

your forever anchor?


If only you could tell your fear in open

outcry – no, I am ready now, I will run

to you. Don’t fly away again. This problem

is heaven. If a milksop can find courage

as well as desire. I wish they would text

me: in the company of the willing we

can weave magic.

A poem from Rishi Dastidar’s debut Ticker-tape was included in The Forward Book of Poetry 2018. A second book, Saffron Jack,was published in 2020, and he is editor of The Craft: A Guide to Making Poetry Happen in the 21st Century. His third collection, Neptune’s Projects, was published by Nine Arches Press in April 2023. He is also co-editor of Too Young, Too Loud, Too Different: Poems from Malika’s Poetry Kitchen (Corsair). @betarish

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