Sharmila is so naïve

She can’t pick between prudence and courage

She flogs dead horses

She allows herself to be found traipsing through the tulips

She’s a slow unlearner

She loves her unteacher

She wants 364 unbirthdays

What she resists persists

She depotentiates herself, silly goose,

Until her soul screams,”STOP”


Sonali Gurpur



Sonali Gurpur writes poetry and fiction. Her poems were recently picked for the ‘Commended’ and ‘Highly Commended’ categories of the Margaret Reid Prize for Traditional Verse, and for the city wide reading at the Austin International Poetry Festival. Her short story “See With Your Eyes Not Just Your Heart” was finalist at Glimmertrain.

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