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Words by Somrita Urni Ganguly

Somrita Urni Ganguly (pronouns: she/ her)
Professor, Poet & Literary Translator

Head of the Department, English, Maharaja Manindra Chandra College, University of Calcutta
Former Fulbright Doctoral Research Fellow, Brown University, USA

POLONIUS: What do you read, my lord?

HAMLET: Words, word, words.

William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 2, ii

too much news

too much noise

too many words

words words words

i chew

i try

too much

too many

i swallow the words

gulp breathe gulp

a sea of words

i try to swim

look for your shore

reach for your hands

you bring me

more words

the words swallow me

i drown

a constellation of silence


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