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Two Poems by Sanjeev Sethi: "Face to Face" and "Beat"


Face to Face


Vise of worldly snares, when one’s mural

is mosaic of messiness, or one’s filly is in

forefront, it’s time to seek an audience.


Of your spirit I seek my source. I invoke your essence

to permeate my pores. You ordain my outlines.

Your energy impels me to the adytum.


Unilateral crewels knit the ornament

of this cosmos. Gonfalons of faith

gear the whereabouts. A connect

with conscience fuels this machine.

Wit and wordplay animate the en-

vironment. Calmness is marrow of

this bone. Regrets draw a blank.

Wayfaring is instantiation.


Sanjeev Sethi

SANJEEV SETHI is the author of three well-received books of poetry. His most recent collection is This Summer and That Summer(Bloomsbury, 2015). His poems are in venues around the world: Off the Coast, Drunk Monkeys, The Bitchin’ Kitsch, New English Review, Red Wolf Journal, Futures Trading, Right Hand Pointing, The Blue Mountain Review, The Penwood Review, Squawk Back, The Five-Two, W.I.S.H. Press, Easy Street, Mad Swirl, Novelmasters, Zarf Poetry, Scarlet Leaf Review, The Ofi Press Literary Magazine, Expound Magazine, Postcolonial Text, Otoliths, and elsewhere. He lives in Mumbai, India.

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