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Shanti

New Zealand

I'm from India and New Zealand. Writing and reading give me hope. I believe in spontaneous cartwheels, forgiveness, and blank pages.

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Shanti (New Zealand) reviewed:

Carousel

PROMPT: 25 Words

this is really clever!

11 days ago

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Shanti (New Zealand) published:

personifying my edges

FREE WRITING

I'm trying to love soft uncertainty
when she approaches me at twilight
begging for a kiss

I'm trying to forgive brisk decision
when he pounces at dawn
asking for a good reason

I'm trying to embrace stern routine
when they compel me to places I wish I didn't want to be
noon coalescent and far too patient

I'm trying to laugh at relentless anxiety
when he frays the edges I'd forgotton about
horizon lightening like dusk

I'm trying to live...

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15 days ago

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Shanti (New Zealand) published:

coin purse kisses

FREE WRITING

Once, I arrived in a new old country
without emptying my wallet of the previous coins.
For two years, the two dollar cranes nuzzled
and nudged three headed lions; strange alliances in my coin purse.
I liked it that way.
Sure, it always took a little longer to dig around in my wallet
but I liked the romanticism of being a girl who is patient even with exact change,
who doesn’t know where she belongs. 
When I told my friend...

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28 days ago

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Shanti (New Zealand) published:

tasting the night

PROMPT: Improbable Flavor

the night sky is a little sour
a sparkle of citrus curls my tongue
and there's an aftertaste of chocolate
as elusive
as the moon behind a cloud
 

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29 days ago

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Shanti (New Zealand) reviewed:

​Silence

PROMPT: No Pause for Breath

I like this! I think you could be a little more specific in places because 'silence' on its own is a big topic, but overall I'm really into this. great work!

30 days ago

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Shanti (New Zealand) published:

zoom out

PROMPT: Zoom In

a flower petal is torn from its moorings on a boat fit for fairies and floats down the river
a doomed chicken scratches at the grass
a tired child swings again through the monkey bars and into a play house
monsoon rain spears a rusted red roof
trees peer down from small valleys
roads scar the flanks of large hills
an abandoned fort is out of sight, high above, but still fuels the imagination
far beneath, three kittens nestle in...

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about 1 month ago

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Shanti (New Zealand) published:

sibilant singing sentence

PROMPT: No Pause for Breath

When twilight comes, I like to open my hands,
imagining the dusk coalescing between my fingers,
and there's a weight to it,
and my skin is very heavy,
and I have a long walk home,
through the gathering darkness,
but I'm not afraid of the darkness, of course;
instead, I love it, because sometimes my eyes
get tired of being demanded to make sense
of what they behold
so I like to imagine that trees are not trees at all ...

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about 2 months ago

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Shanti (New Zealand) published:

ways I fall with joy

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition

watch my performance: https://youtu.be/chkvTn1Kabs

to the top of a tree
all ways are falling
another right wrong answer to the question
of that temptress, gravity 

and that tree I walked past in the forest yesterday was rotten
wavering and wobbly
and for some reason it kept echoing
long after I was down the hill and had
applied antiseptics
to the wounds left on me
from the theiving fingers of the undergrowth

and I'm back in the forest
even when the...

about 2 months ago

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Shanti (New Zealand) reviewed:

Once Upon A Grand Summer's Day

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition

I'm not quite sure what the 'grand summers' day and the use of the 'diary' contributes to this poem. People don't generally write their diaries in poetry. maybe you could think a bit more about the role that the diary...

about 2 months ago

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Shanti (New Zealand) reviewed:

A Family of Mexican Migrants

PROMPT: 25 Words

This is really good! a couple of things you could think about if you were to revise this piece further: -the title. at the moment it's pretty blatant, but you could maybe make it a bit more attention grabbing with...

about 2 months ago