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Three Poems

By Sanjeev Sethi

Au Pairs

Even when logograms of lust don’t come into play
pampering with fiscal feelers is a type of foreplay.
In sequences with the subaltern acts like take-home
a few days prior to the month end spurs them to
unspool, sharing from their warehouse of wounds.
I listen, nod, let them vent. I encourage them to
ambulate on an unhurried entrada, offering them
atmospherics to make errors my editors never let me.




Mutiny of milia:
vent of the hebetic
on her visage.


She shares on her page
blow to her bungalow
by the recent temblor. 375 like it. 


If you accept
it ebbs
or, you and your owie.


Technetronics map every mora.
I sent an email
it reached his corpse. 


While liquefying my lust
I met series of self-portraits
I never knew I had daubed.



As you hide in the halo of unsung harmonies
my tunes wallow in the vernix of unborn lyrics.
How much ever one may circumvent, run on
uncommon routes, marks from memory intercross
like tired stamps or exhausted songs. When it’s
late to remedy or recast, answer is in acceptance.
With tottery stiles one bends towards the balustrade.
Barreled, everyone is a dead ringer. Secure in
syllogisms cassandras in my canton straggle me,
as I baste a safeguard.


The recently released, This Summer and That Summer (Bloomsbury), is Sanjeev Sethi’s third book of poems. His work includes well-received volumes, Nine Summers Later and Suddenly For Someone. He has, at various phases of his career, written for newspapers, magazines, and journals. He has produced radio and television programs. His poems have found a home in The London Magazine, The Fortnightly Review, Allegro Poetry Magazine, Solstice Literary Magazine, Off the Coast Literary Journal, Synesthesia Literary Journal, Oddball Magazine, Hamilton Stone Review, Literary Orphans, Crack the Spine Literary Magazine, Otoliths and elsewhere. He lives in Mumbai, India.

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Read the latest issue of Cafe Dissensus Magazine on ‘Jewish-Muslim Relations in South Asia’, edited by Dr. Navras Jaat Aafreedi, Assistant Professor, Gautam Buddha University, Greater NOIDA, India.

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