Author: Deeya Bhattacharya

Fear

Reading Time: 1 minuteAn intense, women-centric prose poem by Deeya, in Different Truths. Fear is unknown; I’ve felt it in my fingers and toes. I backpack it in my nightmares. The devil’s face in sickening colours engulfs my shadow. Lilacs hum a weedy tune. The livid Oracle smears my porous skin. Running past tunnels of thick darkness, a […]

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A Sublime Nature Poem

Reading Time: 1 minuteAn enigmatic poem by Deeya that celebrates nature, in Different Truths. Butterflies soak the sun radiating virgin dreams Butterflies soak the sun radiating virgin dreams on their wings colours descend from the morning sky myriad bees and wasps trumpets mysteries of the still air in touch-me-nots and marigolds The swerving sky on the mouth of […]

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Claustrophobia

Reading Time: 1 minuteAn intense and poignant prose poem by Deeya, in Different Truths. Pinned against a wall a moth flutters desperately. It isn’t his wall. I can wall up my desperateness well. His inadvertent fall might have been blue or green. Green relieves one’s senses. My senses can build up octaves well. Octave reveals themselves in blue […]

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The Revenge of Tashi

Reading Time: 1 minuteA bold and intense prose poem by Deeya, in Different Truths. Tashi breathes the mud of magic. The cold windy day translucently blows and his bones rattle against a tepid warmth hardly be called skin. His life on a raw afternoon, when the wind heads for north are bustling trees quietened to tragedy. The blatant nights and […]

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Desperate Lies

Reading Time: 1 minuteAn intense soulful poem by Deeya, in Different Truths. Always come to me in desolate nights when I speak the language of salt in the sea; of charcoal madness of brine in my hair the distant cry of a seagull on foam   Oh! Come on, the years spilt on your shoulders and breast of […]

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Missing on a Weekend

Reading Time: 1 minuteA bold prose-poem of Deeya, in Different Truths, set in the urban settings and sensibilities of the 21st century. Weekends are subterfuges in love, desire, pain. They are the extra toppings on the platter of life. Primroses bloom on Saturday evenings. Cigarette stubs flood Saturday evenings. They lie on ash-trays and etherise them. Mouth-watering delicacies arrive […]

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A Love Story

Reading Time: 2 minutesHere’s a poignant prose-poem on love by Deeya, in Different Truths. The intensity, pain, and sensuousness come alive in her poetic lines, “She safely carried it in a china bowl, her marshmallows of love…. Her vagina created history.” The futile weather-beaten pen failed to portray the agony she had been through. The tangerine sun took […]

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Apala of Sonagachhi

Reading Time: 1 minuteThis is a poem about the plight of a young girl, Apala, who was forced to work as a sex worker in Kolkata’s red light area, Sonagachhi. Forced into sex slavery there is no escape for her. Based on a true life incident, this poem, by Deeya, lays bare the sordid exploitation, in Different Truths. […]

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Devi: The Demon Slayer

Reading Time: 1 minuteIn this poem, Deeya invokes the demon slayer, who with thousand hands slew evil and darkness. An evocative poem for the Durga Puja special feature, in Different Truths. With thousand hands she would rise a slayer of darkness through the mystery she would rise she would rise she would fight death through thousand thundering tongues the […]

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Devi

Reading Time: 1 minuteDeeya opens our eyes to the dehumanisation of Devi, the girl and woman, who is sadly powerless. She is killed in the womb, is deflowered. She slaves to earn her bread and dances at a wayside bar. A poem for the Durga Puja special feature, in Different Truths. The sun is a bit lazy today its […]

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