Author: Lopamudra Banerjee

The Supernova

Reading Time: 2 minutesLopamudra’s dedication to the icon of Goddess Durga, the creative feminine force that is at the core of our religious, cultural and mythological milieu, a poem that attempts to transcend the image and metaphor of Durga and represent her in relation to the ‘Every Woman’ of our times. Here’s her verse, in Different Truths. Markandeya […]


Reading Time: 2 minutesA voice that cannot be stifled, a protest that breaks shackles is the poetic voice of Lopamudra. Her protest poem envisions change. Here’s her firebrand poem for Different Truths. Every single day, we gulp down stones. Stones thrown, pelting on the Dalit, the untouchable mass, breathing on existential ashes. Every single day, pride of a Brahmin blood […]


Reading Time: 1 minuteThis poem of Lopamudra is her strong protest in solidarity with the children/infants, who have suffered the onslaught of rape and sexual abuse. Come to me, moondrop, in your clots and blood,  Let me see you as the world dishes you, In gory, titillating snippets of morning news.  Come, sit in the dark room of my […]

Born into Brothels: An Ode to Sonagachhi

Reading Time: 2 minutesThis poem is Lopamudra’s poetic tribute to Sonagachhi, the red light area of Kolkata, and the children of the sex workers there. It’s a continuation of the series of poetic pieces based on the significant landmarks of Kolkata (after College Street and Prinsep Ghat), exclusively for Different Truths. Listen, the shell of the black sky breaks, its torrents […]

Prinsep Ghat

Reading Time: 2 minutesLopamudra presents a series of prose-poems or short vignettes in blank verse based on certain long-standing images of Kolkata, and the US. Here’s the second one of the series, ‘Prinsep Ghat’, exclusively for Different Truths.   Some days I am just a rusted yellow, a drooping, crumpled mess, the waters lashing on my eyelashes, a heart-rending tale. Some days […]

College Street

Reading Time: 2 minutesLopamudra presents a series of prose-poems or short vignettes in blank verse based on certain long-standing images of Kolkata, and the US. Here’s the first one of the series, ‘College Street’ exclusively for Different Truths. Don’t yet know what to call you. The stealthy beams of light shining in my streaks of new grey hairs, or the black […]

The Scab

Reading Time: 1 minuteAn intense love poem by Lopamudra. Crush me like old dust between your palms, Let me burn in sulphur flames amid those burning grains. I want to die, the last humdrum embers. As you scratch my skin to purge the hostile juices, You remind me of childhood and make-believe clichés. Let me be the scab, […]


Reading Time: 1 minuteAn evocative verse for her muse by Lopamudra. Let my muse hide in his blanketed darkness. There are slumbers to attend to, Nourishment to tend to, Tastes to be brewed in sleep Far more enticing than my rickety poetry. In the deep dungeons of words and stanzas Where I walk around, nude, barefoot, Itching to […]

Of Fathers, and Daughters

Reading Time: 1 minuteA dedication on Father’s Day On the occasion of Father’s Day, this poem is Lopamudra’s small dedication to the bond that her daughters share with their father, her husband, and to her childhood, that comes back, in spurts. What are those tender hands that wrap around the dense, hairy chest? What are those lush gardens of milky […]

The Communion: A Reverie

Reading Time: 3 minutesHere’s Lopamudra’s poem, dedicated to her mother. It’s a soulful dialogue between a daughter and a mother. (1) Where have you been all these days, mother? I have been counting my days, nights, weeks, months, Squinting inside cold rooms, peering out of windows, Trying to believe this high intensity of truth, That all is there, but […]