Aditya Shankar writes in English and Malayalam, and publishes poetry and articles in leading journals across
the globe, including the The Little Magazine, The Word Plus, Indian Literature, The Literary X Magazine,
Munyori, The Pyramid, Poetry Chain, Mastodon Dentist, The Wild Goose Poetry Review, Bayou Review, Words-Myth,
Chandrabhaga, Miller's pond, Message in a bottle, Aireings, Hudson View, Snakeskin, The Legendary,
Literary Bohemian, Meadowland Review, CHEST, Earthborne, CLRI, Muse India, Cliterature, Asiawrites,
Terracotta Typewriter, Clueless Collective, Vox Humana among others. He has been featured in
a leading Indian daily, The Deccan Herald, in a series on living Indian English writers.
His fiction has been published in The Other Herald and The Caledonia Review, and non-fiction has been part of Ethics in Action. His First Book 'After Seeing', a series of poems based on cinema was published in 2006. His short films have participated at International Film Festivals. Currently, he lives and works in Bangalore.
I want to live the life of forests
complete with sudden attempts at songs,
to reach and caress – as if a lover.
to use my word-wing-heart at will,
as if a poem that always finds
a hole to your mind
On the path across the Silent Valley in mighty fog,
I would beat the automobile
to the footmark of the wild frog —
a cold wind on the wild fruit that a
lion-tail Macaque sniffs to vanish into your opacity
At the clatter of the tourists,
the forest reduces into a superficial prototype of itself —
a parasail over words and meanings, and
I am only left with the frustum of this tree trunk,
to leave this wild message.