Pitambar Naik

The Market is a Phial of Anaesthesia of Bourbon

In a brown suede and Chinese bob you look so slim
you drive your posh Skoda to the market square weekly once
to purchase the shadow of your eyelashes
and pick up a few sachets of oats and cornflakes
a few translucent lingerie to heighten the endpoint
and Lakme’s sunscreen to bless your longevity.

You propound the market is little more than a graduate school
to practice algorithms, Pythagoras’ theory and Confucianism
the market surface is a blackboard to draw the graphical antics
a place worthy to recall what is erased from your cerebrum.

You love to dissect the market on the chopping board
arraying the market economy on the dining table like vegetable salad
in the inverted commas
you say market is a phial of anesthesia of bourbon!

Preparing a logbook and monthly nomenclature of phenomenology
you bring the market to the edge of the living-room as well
as news of political antagonism and social decimeters
to hang it like the pendulum of benediction
and architecture of inflation mixed with a bit of emotion.


Pitambar Naik is an Indian poet and writer. He was longlisted for the Wordweavers India Poetry Contest 2017 and the Rhythm Divine Poetry Chapbook Contest 2018. His work is forthcoming in an Anthology of South Asian Queer Poetry for HarperCollins India, Joao-Roque Literary Journal and has appeared in Vayavya, Ethos Literary Journal, Mojave Heart Review, Literary Orphans, Occulum, Selcouth Station, Moonchild Magazine, Bhashabandhan Literary Review, HEArt Online, Formercactus, Coldnoon International, Spark Magazine, The Wagon Magazine, The Hans India, The New Indian Express, Better Than Starbucks, Kitaab, Muse India, Best Indian Poetry and elsewhere. He is working on his twin of poetry books. He can be reached at pitambarnaikwriter@gmail.com

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