Book Release: A Broken Exit: Discarded Poems from 2015 by Goirick Brahmachari


sometimes a sudden rush of cold wind

inside your auto, on a hot summer’s day in

delhi is enough to escape rhyme.

auto rickshaws in mawlai, covered in black

leather robes, eyes hallucinating, smoke,

umbrellas dripping mud, shivering rain

under a hollow shillong sky. heat rises up

from the hell below, melting stones, covered

in tar inside your shoes, leaving you alone

and dry, as those cars keep exhaling

bad breath through the dusty ringroad

under a broken traffic light, as you decide to

fly. rain, soaked mawlai breeze, can send

chills through your spine. so, after dark,

seven passengers share the same pine

washed winds. faces disappear. only

cigarette lights —to allow some humour,

and company to hold on to through the night.


a river starts here

frozen, blue

a lump

of ice

bleeding water

leaking breath,

white smoke.

a river that would carry

all the six seasons

dead bodies, trees,

dead birds, rocks and bones,

stones and filth, remains from the temples,


a river starts here and it washes herself


disappears into breeze. a river starts. right here.

Author’s Bio: Goirick Brahmachari’s debut collection of poems, For the Love of Pork (Les Editions du Zaporogue, Denmark) won the Muse India – Satish Verma Young Writer Award(Poetry) 2016. He is the winner of the prestigious Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize, 2016. His chapbook of travel notes, Joining the Dots, was published by Nivasini Publishers, Hyderabad in 2017. His self published his third book of poems, Wet Radio and other poems via KDP in 2017. His poems and essays have appeared in various journals, magazines, blogs and pamphlets. ‘A broken exit’ is his latest book self published via Pothi.

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