Poetry: Journey to the Center of the Fruit by Aditya Shankar

Aditya Shankar is an Indian poet, flash fiction author, and translator. His poems, fiction, and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in the Moon Park Review, The Ghost ParachuteIndian Literature, Modern Poetry in Translation, The Little MagazineThe Ghost Parachute, Canada Quarterly,  ChandrabhangaAsiawrites, The Four Quarters Magazine, Muse India, Anti Heroin Chic, Dissident Voice, Cliterature and elsewhere. His published books of poetry are After Seeing (2006) and Party Poopers (2014). He lives in Bangalore, India.


Journey to the Center of the Fruit


Nightly, my apartment must be a skin

with pores so open, the beetle slips in


unhurried and untroubled, boring my

private night as if a fruit. All the days


that we passed through the sieve, only

to soil our floor with crumbs of talk, food,


and poetry, turn meeting points for the

bugs, out to show we are full of excess.


At their theatre of death-feigning comedy,

I represent the human in slumber, cut off


from the precision of all issues, unable to

zero-in on the mode or intensity of protest,


unable to consume or digest in totality, a

warm burrow, a throbbing heart that beats


to the rhythm of big words: history, culture

evolution or art, the meaning of which it


was never designed to hold. I might be the

seed of the fruit, the bug saves for the last.


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