April 13, 2016 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION


Sudeep Adhikari



The Lost Art of Making Galaxies from Zero



Temporary interludes. Memory crashes on you

and you start again like a new island,

with new greens, some liquid blue,

a small rag of ether and some dusted

diamonds for the sand. The shadows of relations

and relativities, linger. Reverse engineering

of absolutes and permanence, to make home

from the incessant flux

of vortices, changes and ephemeral ghosts.


In the box , a man lives

in pieces, quantums and discontinuities

and outside: a gestalt, a mosaic or a painting

a Janus, with the faces of gutter and God.

Truth is an untruth. Permanence is a fabrication

there is no finding the meaning of life,

because it was never lost,

and because it was never there. Androids play

the language-game, lost in the maze of Turing-Tests.


I have nothing to say, I have nothing to do

but I keep saying it in a john Cage way,

and I keep running their marathons.

Freedom. It is no more than enjoying the game,

when you realize its emptiness

but keep making the shapes of water-bubbles and fireflies.








Poetics of New Acoustics



Dystopia used to be a myth. But now

I live like a Transformer, headbanging

on the sonic booms

lacerating skins of Gaza-strip,

Baghdad, Belgium and Lahore. People

have evolved. In place

of their head, now

they carry a Call-of-Duty type

mask of Kevlar black.


The territorials are coupled

with the terror-machine, through oil-ducts

made of high-end alloys

heat-treated, non-corrodible

and desert-friendly. Middle-path,

middle-east, middle-finger

media-machine squeaks. Free-thoughts

are not free after all. New-age

Whitmans and Wordsworths,

they need to hear the ultra-sonic sirens

of titanium drones, and the rattles of MH370

rivers don’t flow

 with the same tranquility anymore.


A new layer of sonosphere, now circumscribes us

and Beethovens are pretty out of context

we need to find love, in a different way

and make some poetic-machines

for the new sounds of our time.









Sudeep Adhikari

Sudeep Adhikari, from Kathmandu Nepal, is professionally a PhD in Structural-Engineering. He lives in Kathmandu with his wife and family and works as an Engineering-Consultant.  His poetry has found place in many online literary journals/magazines, the recent being Kyoto (Japan), Scarlet Leaf Review (Canada) and Red Fez (USA).



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