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Dr. Jyothsnaphanija teaches English Literature at ARSD College (University of Delhi), India. Her first poetry collection Ceramic Evening was out in 2016. Her poems most recently have appeared and are forthcoming in The Handy, Uncapped Pen, Wishbone Words, The Hopper, Bosphorus Review of Books and others. She blogs at


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Rice Field

It has a beige thin voice in it which says how it is drenching breathless in rain,
When you walk abandoned.
When you look at certain wounds on that soil, the wind melts into your cultivating songs.
You keep memorizing your father's word
"this is me, yielding in every year."
In that year you didn't know, the stamped paper could be your eternal separation ever
from his rain-hit eyes.