Shobhana Kumar’s two collections of poetry, The Voices Never Stop and *Conditions Apply were published by Writers Workshop, Kolkata. Her work has also appeared in journals including Kitaab, The Missing Slate, Muse India, Raedleaf Poetry, Open Road Review, Right Hand Pointing, Origami Poems Project and in anthologies. She was one of the 25 featured poets from around the world at Poetry with Prakriti, 2014. She is poetry editor at Sonic Boom Journal. She also authored 5 books of non-fiction.
Two almost-forgotten villages
stretch on either side of the Tunga.
Here, centuries of exile have created a lineage
that speaks remnants of a faraway tongue,
borrowed vocabulary from others,
made the land’s syllables her own