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Broken Ghazal Crossword

Sneha Subramanian Kanta


listen to our common song

across the foglines

where herons hold their necks

above water

like ghosts.

what firmament

against these sands

we've walked:

another evening

the waves bring

your memory-scent

to the shore.

a cardinal presses

against the window

half-mist, half-body

sunlight migrates

to wash remnant dew.

against the flaming cyclone

city awash with morningrain

conjuring a calamity in reverse

this time, sweet bursts of rain

will leave something still awake.

there will be light

the linoleum floors

all the years

assemble into specifics

of remembrance

the body holds

more beautiful storms.

we are all the birds

we didn't know

what to call

the night on wirelines

a fast-prancing train.

Sneha Subramanian Kanta is the author of the chapbook Ghost Tracks (Louisiana Literature Press, 2020). Her poem “Un-Elegy, Or How Water Unmakes A Country” won the inaugural Canadian Authors Association Toronto Poetry Prize. She is the founding editor of Parentheses Journal. Find her at

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