Poetry: Soul Scan by Prathap Kamath
Prathap Kamath’s published works are Ekalavya: a book of poems(2012), Blood Rain and Other Stories (2014) and Tableaux: poems of life and creatures (2017). His poems have been anthologized in The Dance of the Peacock: An Anthology of English Poetry from India (Hidden Brook Press, 2013), and published in journals like Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts, Chandrabhaga, Muse India, Open Road Review, Modern Literature, Madras Courier, Literary Yard, Tuck Magazine, ONE, The Wagon Magazine etc. He teaches English under the University of Kerala.
The word soul has disappeared from poems
for reasons you can’t put your finger on.
It was there freely strewn in them
as long as poets had believed something
heaved behind their joys and fears
like the stag lost in deep forest.
Now something possesses poets
that blocks soul from poems.
We know the thrill of our meditations on the mountains
is atoms doing trapeze under the roof of our brain;
they no more yield soul to the poet
who knows souls cease where atoms rule.
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