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>IN PERSPECTIVE — poem re-print in Shalla Magazine

>Shalla Magazine has re-printed my poem “In Perspective” in their Spring 2009 issue ( The poem was first published in The Cartier Street Review. I am pasting the poem below again for all to read.

in Perspective

by Nabina Das

Earlier it was mile-long street-corner speeches

Popcorn peppered with stinging remarks

Holding hands standing close behind the bustle

Listening to arguments acrid as boiling oil

Partying after elders went home to sleep

Smoking, rehearsing lines for street plays

Riding a rickety bike through the outskirts of

Towns seen on TV – now cindered, broken

Lovemaking endlessly, sleeping in, sharing

News and rumors about paramilitary in town

How they called after lonely girls, after school

Clicked their guns, exhibited silly manliness

Before the cameras and boom mikes it was nice

Every one called every one a friend, at least once

Nagaon, Baramullah, Imphal had weekend markets

Veggies, flowers, knick-knacks people loved

Before insurgency, every one got happy and drunk

Now they have closed tea-shops fearing bombs

Clothes dried in the sun before threats were heard,

No one walks or plays in those courtyards now

Newspapers quote: ‘Things seemed calmer before’

And we wonder if they’re still stunned like the dead.

This was a bit of nice surprise. I heard about Shalla from poet Nikesh Murali whose poem was nominated for the Pushcart prize a couple of years ago. Although I submitted this poem — Shalla publishes only previously published work — to them, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen to it.

Shalla Magazine’s e-mail read thus (you don’t really have to read this):

“Congratulations, your submission is now featured on SHALLA Magazine!
See it at SHALLA Magazine:
Congratulations again—oh, and did I tell you? You are in now in the running for being nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize. There will be 6 winning writers chosen in 2009—please check SHALLA Magazine sometime in December when we start posting those results.
Will you be nominated for the Pushcart Prize? Good luck!
Shalla DeGuzman
Editor & Publisher”

Apparently, work submitted to Shalla Magazine is first scanned by an acquiring editors, if it passes that phase, it goes to the guest assistant editors, if it passes that phase, it goes to one of the guest editors, if it passes that it goes to one of the editors, then to Shalla DeGuzman. Whew! Reason to feel good I guess!


4 comments on “>IN PERSPECTIVE — poem re-print in Shalla Magazine

  1. Misiula
    March 7, 2009

    >Congratulations! I’m very happy for you and for the poetry–I am deeply convinced that poems are happy when read.

  2. fleuve-souterrain
    March 7, 2009

    >dear Misiulathank you! yes, poems do feel happy being read… and make me happy too!

  3. Rhett
    March 12, 2009

    >Hey I liked this one. Well written. Still life in art (sketching) and free verse in poetry, isnt it?

  4. fleuve-souterrain
    March 12, 2009


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This entry was posted on March 6, 2009 by in In Perspective, Nabina Das, poem, poetry, Shalla Magazine, The Cartier Street Review.
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