Interlitq is delighted to publish its poem in English for today (13.01.12), “Slide Rule” by Shanta Acharya, a contributor to Issue 8 of Interlitq
Filed under: Authors, Issue 8, Poetry, The International Literary Quarterly, Writing |
by Shanta Acharya:
Scary, strange, inscrutable
things happened mostly to other people.
Our lives were safe, predictable
An elegant staircase of days rising ahead,
framed in a spool of film running endlessly
sunsets streaming the summer sky,
Painting the astonishing array of possibilities,
refracting a changing quality of light.
Our past, open window picture postcards
of life’s immense artistry, of flowers with faces
turned towards the sun. Our days carved artlessly.
Until scary, strange, inscrutable
things started happening to us, like the poor people
whose lives were never safe or predictable.
The universe has its own plans –
connecting us in grief, in joy, like DNA, gravity;
keeping us guessing darkly through space and time.
About Shanta Acharya:
Born and educated in Orissa, India, Shanta Acharya won a scholarship to Oxford where she completed her doctoral thesis on Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1983. She was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard before joining Morgan Stanley Asset Management in London in 1985. She has worked in the asset management industry ever since and is the author of several books on the subject.
Her five books of poetry are Dreams That Spell The Light (Arc Publications, 2010); Shringara (Shoestring Press, 2006); Looking In, Looking Out (Headland Publications, 2005); Numbering Our Days’ Illusions (Rockingham Press, 1995) and Not This, Not That (Rupa & Co., India, 1994). Her doctoral study, The Influence of Indian Thought on Ralph Waldo Emerson was published by the Edwin Mellen Press, USA, in 2001.
Since 1996, she has been the founder director of ‘Poetry in the House’ at Lauderdale House, Highgate in London.