Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Poem: The Abduction (Beloit Poetry Journal)



 It took almost a decade to finish this poem and now it is in the Beloit Poetry Journal, which I respect so much. Click on this link:

http://www.bpj.org/poems/mehta_abduction.pdf#zoom=100

Raven Elegy, photo by Lee SharkeyThanks to Lee Sharkey and John Rosenwald, editors at the Beloit Journal for all their editorial guidance and support!

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IN THE SPRING 2014 ISSUE
Poems by Alexander Booth, Temple Cone, John F. Deane, Gray Fincke, Alllison Funk, Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr., Kevin Heaton, Nate Marshall, Karen McPherson, Leeya Mehta, M. P. Ritger, Jamie Ross, and more. John Rosenwald reviews new books by Nicelle Davis, Brian Komei Dempster, and TJ Jarrett.


About 'The Abduction': In 1998, I was sitting in Queen Elizabeth Hall (close to the River Cherwell, at Oxford University), when I read the headlines in the Times of India about India's nuclear tests in the Pokhran desert. Some years later I visited this part of the Rajasthan desert and began to compose these lines.  

If you want to hear more about the poem, I will be uploading a short essay on the Beloit Poet's Forum in May and look forward to comments. Will keep you posted and share the link when it is out.