Sanjeev Sethi is the author of three well-received books of poetry. His most recent collection is This Summer and That Summer (Bloomsbury, 2015). His poems are in venues around the world: Off the Coast, Drunk Monkeys, The Bitchin' Kitsch, New English Review, Red Wolf Journal, Futures Trading, Right Hand Pointing, The Blue Mountain Review, The Penwood Review, Squawk Back, The Five-Two, W.I.S.H. Press, Easy Street, Mad Swirl, Novelmasters, Zarf Poetry, Scarlet Leaf Review, The Ofi Press Literary Magazine, Expound Magazine, Postcolonial Text, Otoliths, and elsewhere. He lives in Mumbai, India.
I never received emotional citizenship
in dominion of nanny days. Without
kedge of State sponsorship I swam
in whirlpools. During my oceanic
phase you and I: you as flotsam
I as me, stroked and stoked rough
weather. In menu of our meeting
happiness was hazy. I elected for
other amusements in an island of
my making. Kelp, sea lion and seal
are natant as caret is incised over me.
Muse, its mysteries are caretakers.
(First published in Pyrokinection on July 17, 2016)