Rishi Dastidar – Kelpie

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When I saw you last it was
on a wall in a backwater that
for a brief moment had been
the apogee of the industrial revolution,
the acme of enlightened humanity,
the promise of a future less fractious

and you were, let us not be coy,
revelling in your nakedness
by the water, clay locks tumbling
only slightly less thunderously
into the loch than the waterfall
upstream, out of painterly reach.

And I thought, ah Lord Lever, how
did you smuggle her past
the good Lady – let alone Venus
waiting for her ravishment and
Salammbô enjoying her punishment?
But you were the one with

all the sunshine. You have it still,
even with your flesh wrapped
in rocks and red rubber. You were
meant to pray for me, then prey on me.
I still wait for it, I still wish for it.
Take me into your depths.


from Neptune’s Projects by Rishi Dastidar.
Published by Nine Arches Press in April 2023.
Copyright © 2023 by Rishi Dastidar.
https://www.ninearchespress.com/publications/poetry-collections/neptune-s-projects
Poem selected by Emilia Mirazchiyska

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Rishi Dastidar è nato nel 1977 a Londra, città in cui vive e lavora. La sua poesia è stata pubblicata, tra gli altri, dal Financial Times e dalla BBC. Partecipa al programma editoriale “The Complete Works”, è consulente editoriale della rivista The Rialto, membro di Malika’s Poetry Kitchen e presidente dell'organizzazione Spread The Word per l’aumento degli scrittori. Una poesia dalla sua opera prima, “Ticker-tape”, è stata inclusa in “The Forward Book of Poetry 2018”. Ha curato “The Craft: A Guide to Making Poetry Happen in the 21st Century” (Nine Arches Press) ed è uno dei curatori di “Too Young, Too Loud, Too Different: Poems from Malika's Poetry Kitchen” (Corsair, 2021). La sua seconda raccolta, “Saffron Jack”, è stata pubblicata nel Regno Unito da Nine Arches Press nel 2020.

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