November 2003

Ravi Shankar


Ravi Shankar Ravi Shankar is assistant professor and poet-in-residence at Central Connecticut State University. He is the founding editor of the online journal of the arts Drunken Boat. His work is forthcoming or has appeared in such places as The Paris Review, Poets & Writers, Time Out New York, The Massachusetts Review, Gulf Coast, Lit, The Indiana Review, Crowd, Descant, and the AWP's Writer's Chronicle.
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Singeing the heels of a quarrel,
Another renewal, with what for fuel?

Is it courage or fear that brings us
Both tears, each unable to leave the other?

Outside, the world displays its devices,
Lures and entices, promises pleasures

Earnest as arsenic and easier than rain.
Which must be why we refrain . . . It's true,

That with you I'm shriven, but remember
When we were children, and joy

Joy was a given.



Ravi Shankar: Poetry
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