Sanjeev Sethi


Nugacious ideas intercept sequences.
Orneriness never threw its chapters
at me. I trow, mine was a treatise not
perused by most. No judicial process
arbitrates perceptions. These are mine
as long as they don’t take me to for-
saken paths. Ambiguity is strategy.
Phantasm loaded with chimerical traits
must be eschewed, as trap of temptation
is sine qua non here. Bonds possessing
haste to hound are best spurned. Emo-
tional overkill is for nincompoops.



Are your expressions barbican or blandishments?
Honest injun they’re reminiscent of lines that labor
to reach nowhere. Your deeds are autogenous,
froward acts. In meatspace you’re the protagonist
of a softcover you haven’t shaped. Privilege of
pain is for the pure so my gonzos I give in.




While plying my palm on your skin
the sweep of sensations I experience
makes me gloar: in such little space
live all joys I’ve gotten.


Genius loci of inner life grounds my
doppelganger. Prayer is a conversation
with self, with celestiality.


Flocculent emotion dash for descriptors,
it swings better wordless.



An eighty year drops in at
her forty plus neighbor
of more than a decade. As
he is alone, she directs him
to keep the front door ajar.
Scared this will suborn
the muster of mosquitoes
he doesn’t cede. Fifteen
minutes later she leaves.



Music of your thought underscored new tunes.
You were my connection with myself. Sensa
condensed the sky. Scale of our score aspirated
a humdinger, rough breathing and all. Antepenults
of this home run had a roupy tensity, pursuing me
with urgencies of mal du pays. I embraced you
like one does to warmth always wished for (q.v.,
my poems on lost love).






Sanjeev Sethi is the author of three books of poetry. His most recent collection is This Summer and That Summer (Bloomsbury, 2015). A Best of the Net 2017 nominee, his poems are in venues around the world: Stickman Review, Indiana Voice Journal, The Stray Branch, Ariel Chart, Ann Arbor Review, Empty Mirror, Experiential-Experimental-Literature, First Literary Review-East, Right Hand Pointing, Peacock Journal, Communion Arts Journal, Otoliths, and elsewhere. He lives in Mumbai, India.