Lantern Review: A Journal of Asian American Poetry
Issue 1 | June 2010

Subhashini Kaligotla

Sydney Notebook


We fought all day, unmoved by light, which came in to plot trapezoids, stretching them longer and
longer until the glowing vertices reached all the way to the door and the entire lucent
geometry collapsed.


Do all your lines have the same value?

In the few minutes left, step back, decide what you want to emphasize: rub out some marks, make others.


Sudden gust—
Leaf sinking down jerks up
as though saved by the wind:
butterfly with yellow spots.


Step back, as far back as possible, go to the other side of the room if you have to.