Will Poetry Survive Today by Rizwan Akhtar

Will Poetry Survive Today

Words are beautiful in intent
Not your face not your lines
but an unintentional loss
of stanzas written out of care

poetry is in-between absence
of a harlequin’s howl on stage
constituency of his recognition
among a comity of interluders

Why we are so meticulous
about kissing impulsively
there are passages where
Only silence is my syntax

Originally I am disposed
to create a white canvas
of language on which small
ants crawl a royal leisure.

©2019 Rizwan Akhtar


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Rizwan Akhtar’s debut collection of Poems Lahore, I Am Coming (2017)
is published by Punjab University Press.  He works as an Assistant 
Professor in the Department of English, Punjab University, Lahore, 
Pakistan. He completed his PhD in postcolonial literature from the 
University of Essex, UK in 2013. He has published poems in 
well-established poetry magazines of the UK, US, India, Canada, and New 
Zealand. He was a part of the workshop on poetry with Derek Walcott at 
the University of Essex in 2010.

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