Contemporary Literary Review India | Print ISSN 2250-3366 | Online ISSN 2394-6075 | Impact Factor 8.1458 | Vol. 8, No. 1: CLRI February 2021

Srijani Dutta


In the butt end of a city,

Spread the networks

Of celluloid souls,

Cigars and niche of

Worn out words,

Dried up bones

Of scattered ribs

From where no Eve is born



Butt end of city melts down

In the labyrinth of thoughts,

Glucoses run dry

In the bodiless, chattered toes.

Half cooked, starved skeletons


By covering their bodies with

Tattered art manifestoes,

Honking horns, bells outshine

The nudity of calmness

Of dawn, daylight and dusk;

Out of blue, a whirlwind comes

And tosses the living cells

In a frying pan

Where past and present

Make a hotchpotch of

Lucid memories.

Amidst this pandemic

A pseudo flame grins,

Butt end of cigars burns down the deadlock of

The hullabaloos

Of damped polis and megalopolis.

City Lights

In the empty hollows of deafening streets

Smoke curls up

Pats on the ruby cheeks

Of a loitering shadow

Made of a train of swaying limbs;

A raven makes her way through

The shadow’s body,

They part away

Like the hands of a compass

Drifted to opposite paths;

Fragile and foamed,

A veiled figure

Sits on a bench

Half melted in solitudes, half reddened with

The mirth of mellowed memories;

Hallucinating mists making a ringlet

Around the swan like neck of the city lights

That blush, blabber

And to slit

The soundless sound

Of miseries.


Srijani Dutta is currently pursuing her Postgraduation in English Literature from Visva Bharati University in Santiniketan. She has recently published her paper in the journal Yearly Shakespeare 2020.

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