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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 6, Number 1, March 2012

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Kala Ramesh
Pune, India


Inside-out

a twilit cave
on our side of the hill
there, and yet . . .
not there—has it crumpled
into its own secret?

"It seems like yesterday that I was the dreamy-eyed girl," she says. "Supposedly falling in love—an arranged marriage seen and approved by all elders—a man who smoked and later chewed tobacco day in and day out which ate into my insides breaking all my defences . . ."

hanging
inside-out
on a spent breath
do words have
the muscle power?

"Did I flee his anger, his ravenous appetite or that nauseating smell of tobacco? I'm still not sure."

regaining
the joy in each step
thirty-two years
trail behind her walk
to freedom

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