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Gone Lawn 55
strawberry moon, 2024

Featured artwork, Lost for Words, by Andrea Damic

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Sanjeev Sethi


Razor-sharp summaries incite a rebellion
in the backyard of a household no longer
available. Vacancies are wont to be filled.
At every stile, the bygone darns the stole
of my present. When no one is in one’s
orbit, furnishing an entity is fun. I have
totaled a made-up lover and keyed grief-
laden lines. The poem wasn’t sophistical;
berceuse of bleakness affirmed its acuity.


We break the xenial barriers and sanction
our bodies to articulate our intent. There
is no shield, no sympathizer: Each aide or
ally is roughish as a rival. Flashbacks are
fenced to calm the collector. When they
mate with reality, they ruin the recollection.
Irrigating the loam of ideas with the fluidity
of feelings, I grow an arboretum of scores.
These hold forthcoming hymns. When does
the sky drink its bed tea? Ring a bell: Entities
are diverse. SocMed templates don't bother
me. In meatspace, too, we meet slices.

Sanjeev Sethi has authored seven books of poetry. His latest is Wrappings in Bespoke (The Hedgehog Poetry Press, UK, August 2022). He has been published in over thirty-five countries. His poems have found a home in more than 500 journals, anthologies, and online literary venues. He edited Dreich Planet #1, an anthology for Hybriddreich, Scotland, in December 2022. He is the joint winner of the Full Fat Collection Competition-Deux, organized by Hedgehog Poetry Press, UK. He was conferred the 2023 Setu Award for Excellence. Highly commended in the erbacce-prize 2024 for poetry with over 9000 submissions worldwide, Sethi lives in Mumbai, India. X/Twitter @sanjeevpoems3 || Instagram sanjeevsethipoems