Bright Lights, Big City
You’d wish you had a-listened
to some of the things I said
through the fruit
of our homeland
for a nut
says a farmer
taking a picture
of me melted
on an islet
eating a kernel
of truth as the
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Karthik Purushothaman comes from Chennai, India, and taught at William Paterson University and New Jersey City University after earning his MFA. Karthik’s work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the Best New Poets anthology, and has also appeared in Boulevard, EVENT, Rattle, Subtropics, The Common, The Margins, and Writers Resist: The Anthology 2018. Uniting progressive activists and independent artists, Karthik hosts a live show in Manhattan every month, about which you can learn more by following @arealtalkshow on Instagram.
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