York Literary Review


Reena Prasad



The Dark Fugue comes up like bile

when the Irate Child calls

They meet in secret in sleeper cells

The Irate Child welds memories

plucking them out of nostrils, from restless eyeballs

and from swallowed salt

The Dark Fugue’s weapon is a roller dipped in black

They duel on a white platform

The faster the Irate Child moves her lips,

the more tar Dark Fugue throws up

I mine the killing field with starch, sugar and coffee

Gunpowder to blast away the Fugue

The Irate Child pouts and stabs me hard

The Fugue floats in through the wound

I lie in bed and bleed like mad



Reena Prasad is a poet/writer from India, currently living in Sharjah (United Arab Emirates). Her poems have been published in several anthologies and journals, including The Copperfield Review, First Literary Review-East, Angle Journal, Poetry Quarterly, and Lakeview International Journal. She is also the Destiny Poets UK’s Poet of the Year for 2014 and one of the editors of The Significant Anthology, released in July 2015.


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