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Dr. Jyothsnaphanija teaches English Literature at ARSD College (University of Delhi), India. Her first poetry collection Ceramic Evening was out in 2016. Her poems most recently have appeared and are forthcoming in The Handy, Uncapped Pen, Wishbone Words, The Hopper, Bosphorus Review of Books and others. She blogs at


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Intoxication with One Word

That word comes to me like dense  light
blurring the folds of language.
I scrape it from my compositions.
Even its texture of vowels and consonants   overpowers
sensory and musical
responses, fulfilments
It is rain.