The depot is located in a cul -de -sac at the edge of the chimerical city. Every now and then its doors let in bibliophiles floating forward to reach out to the overflowing stacks in the phantasmagoric hall with a corbelled celestial dome. Shivers of rubescence glow into its gothic windows splaying across inked parchments- a few traced with stray animal hair-and other paraphernalia of passages and paraphrases. Scents of sun-dried plant reeds and baked clay mingle with douce odeur of kami drifting in corridors panelled with petroglyphs and papier mache imprints.An odyssey of over a thousand and one nights tunneling its way through the cavernous belly of time; a polyglot pot of ruddy roots shelved in fistfuls of moist soil; the red marrow feeding my scribed bones.
Sushma A. Singh
Sushma A.Singh is a practising orthodontist who forayed into writing with her debut book of short stories in 2014 and thereafter delved deeper into poetry. Her work has been published in Brushfire literature and arts journal, Stonecoast review, Dash , Better than starbucks, The Dime Show Review, The Weekly Avocet, Acorn, Frogpond, The Heron’s nest ( haiku shortlisted for Touchstone award 2018) and two anthologies. She resides in Lucknow, India with her husband , a renowned dental surgeon and orthodontist.