Tag Archives: Rachana Hegde

Modern Art

I don’t want to think about that boy and that heady rush of fresh air after a day spent locked in math class. Afterward, he limped to a car spitting oil. Afterward, I was busy forgetting: the grunting, the mouth-numbing … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry | Tagged | 1 Comment

little disasters

every story I’ve ever read starts with a spreading silence: that thick-syrupy quiet forcing itself down my throat. there’s always the pain: a brilliant stabbing, fireworks in a sleeping town, and a howl wrapped around my tongue. you know morning … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry | Tagged | 1 Comment

Kismet

i talk to the walls of my bedroom, tinnitus simmering behind me. catharsis looks over my shoulder, hovering impatiently. my hair is untamable in this heat. and my mouth is full of breadcrumbs. some days divide in coin flips. and … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry | Tagged | 1 Comment

Impulse

Outside, the sky slits itself open. I sneak in through the back door, grief lying dormant: half-formed & sleepy. My viscera flutters & I watch sea-sand coupling beneath my window, aching for another country. I scrub my hands in the … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry | Tagged | 2 Comments

Humility

mother tells me to stop answering the phone so I fill myself with water instead of stale bread. logic doesn’t exist in this town. on rainy days I pass the time by playing card games on a gleaming terrace. after … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry | Tagged | 1 Comment

Eighteen

At eighteen, you reenacted your childhood, singing about climbing trees and breaking necks, like one can’t occur without the other. You knew your place in that house, mouth swollen with hope, body bowing gracelessly – too taut, too close to … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry | Tagged | 2 Comments

Dirty Mouth

Sarah learns not to talk back to her elders when the first time she tells her uncle to fuck off, her mom washes her mouth out with soap. Sarah chokes on the bubbles, vomits an hour later when the same … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry | Tagged | 1 Comment