Campaign & Combat, two poems by Sanjeev Sethi


Those from the other side of the track
aren’t even aware of it. Phraseology
is privilege of the entitled. Immune to
opinion the processes move on. Sound-
less grids create the most effective jounce.
Brontide is for a few. Antecedents birth
unequal journeys as sometimes it’s with
strangers or siblings.


March of memories brings out its brigade.
Demarche is at a distance. Reveille drums
the details. Some internal, some otherwise.
Who isn’t marked? To be pocked doesn’t
rack me. I fear what I can’t fathom. Myriad
times we reify new regimens: it gets us
nowhere. Freshly ironed togs crush after
a tough night. Can poems live it for us?

©2018 Sanjeev Sethi


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Sanjeev Sethi is the author of three books of poetry. His most recent collection is This Summer and That Summer (Bloomsbury, 2015). A Best of the Net nominee (2017 & 2018), his poems are in venues around the world: Litbreak, The Best of Mad Swirl: v2017!, Poetry Super Highway, Formercactus, The Metaworker, The Five-Two, Unlikely Stories Mark V, Persian Sugar in English Tea Vol 111, A Restricted View From Under The Hedge, Ink Pantry, Beakful | Becaqée, Terror House Magazine, and elsewhere. He lives in Mumbai, India.


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