A bright red boat

Yellow capsicums

Blue fishing nets

Ochre fort walls



Sahar’s silk blouse

gold and sheer

Her dark black

kohl-lined lashes



A street child’s

brown fists

holding the rainbow

in his small grasp



My lost memory

white and frozen

now melts colour

ready to refract

Sudeep Sen

Sudeep Sen is widely recognised as a major new generation voice in world literature and ‘one of the finest younger English-language poets in the international literary scene’ (BBC Radio), ‘fascinated not just by language but the possibilities of language’ (Scotland on Sunday). He received a Pleiades Honour (at the Struga Poetry Festival, Macedonia) for having made “a significant contribution to contemporary world poetry”. Sen’s prize-winning books include: Postmarked India: New & Selected Poems (HarperCollins), Distracted Geographies, Rain, Aria (A K Ramanujan Translation Award), Ladakh, The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry (editor), Fractals: New & Selected Poems|Translations 1980-2015, and Blue Nude: New Selected Poems (Jorge Zalamea International Poetry Prize). His poems have been translated into twenty-five languages. [].

Sen was the first Asian to be honoured with an invitation to participate at the Nobel Laureate Week in St Lucia in 2013, where he delivered the Derek Walcott Lecture and read his own poetry. A special commemorative limited edition, Fractals: New & Selected Poems|Translations 1978-2013, was released by the Nobel laureate Derek Walcott himself. The same year, the Government of India Ministry of Culture’s awarded him the senior fellowship for “outstanding persons in the field of literature/culture”.

Note:  An imagistic poem blending east and west.