Sunday 5 May 2019

1 Poem by Archna Sahni


Today, my fasting
will not be about food,
but about creating space
for emptiness

Today my heart
is an empty cistern,
opening itself to the sun
finally breaking
through the mist

Today, I will not survive today,
if the sun’s light
does not enter down
into my entrails
healing love’s toxic waste


Archna Sahni is a poet and educator who was born in India and made Toronto her home in 1992. Archna’s debut poetry collection First Fire (Calicut: Yeti, 2005) was critically acclaimed, and her second book of poems Another Nirvana is forthcoming in May 2018 by Mawenzi (Toronto). She is the recipient of Agha Shahid Ali Prize for Poetry, and received Honourable Mention for E.J. Pratt Medal and Poetry Prize. She has a PhD in English literature from Panjab University (India) and an MEd in Adult Education from OISE, University of Toronto. She has published widely in literary magazines and anthologies, and taught both in India and Canada.

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