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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Anjana Basu is a writer based in Calcutta. She has 5 novels, a book of short stories and two anthologies of poetry to her credit.Her byline has appeared in Vogue India, Conde Nast Traveller India, and India Today Travel Plus.

Anjana Basu


Word Fall Flight

the albatross flies into the man
freed from chains around the neck
but the manbird finds the weight too heavy
skyfall instead
and words words words
swarming in uneven lines and page spatters,
crawling to the corners of the room
and up the wall
beyond reach of the spray can
that erased those too close for comfort
some swarm over his face boldly
and the feathered thing deep within
beats its wings in a frenzy
unable to take flight