September 27, 2021




Indian Poets

Conversation with
Tishani Doshi

The Fall 2021 issue features a tribute to Indian Poets. The world’s largest democracy is also the second-largest English-speaking population. We explore the state of contemporary poetry in India, featuring 16 Indian poets and a profound conversation with Forward Prize-winner Tishani Doshi. The issue also includes both cover art and a brilliant sestina by Shreya Vikram, a young poet who debuted in this year’s RYPA anthology.

The issue includes another exciting and highly-varied open section, presenting poets such as Skye Jackson and Stephen Dunn, covering a wide range of subjects and styles. From gorgeous haiku (“Five Haiku in Spring” by Deborah A. Bennett), to Rebecca Schumejda’s thoughtful narrative poem “Volunteering at the Avian Rescue Center,” to a laugh-out-loud-funny exploration of the struggles of fatherhood (Jeff Tigchelaar’s “Is There Anything I Can Do”), there’s much for everyone to enjoy and savor in this colorful collection.

The open section is full of familiar names and new faces, including two past Rattle Poetry Prize winners in Joseph Fasano and Alison Townsend, plus Jason Olsen’s long footnoted look at the celebrity apology.



Indian Poets

Ankur The Long Sleep
Audio Available Tishani Doshi Rotten Grief
Audio Available The Comeback of Speedos
Audio Available Amlanjyoti Goswami A New Bapu
Audio Available Kinshuk Gupta Crying Boys
Audio Available Jinendra Jain Those Days
Audio Available Zilka Joseph Gourami Fish Tale 
Audio Available Kuhu Joshi The Valley of Headstones
Audio Available Pankaj Khemka Traffic Stop
Srinivas Mandavilli Rain
Sophia Naz One Thing Happens
Kalpana Pandey Hymn for the Damned
Ajay Sawant Grassland
Kashiana Singh Miracles
Tejas #359, Ganga Hostel
Shreya Vikram Sestina About the Color of a Missing Umbrella 
Pragya Vishnoi She Had Some Sisters

Open Poetry

Audio Available Sean Cho Ayres When I Ask You to Tell Me What I Did Last Night
Brendan Constantine A Tour de Force
Angela Decker We See You
Dante Di Stefano The Day 
Joseph Fasano Joe Arridy
Tony Gloeggler Aftermath
Mark Jarman Good for the Soul 
Salome Kokoladze How We All Fall
Marianne Kunkel Reverence
A.D. Lauren-Abunassar Abandoned Sestina
Taylor Mali Horrible at Names 
Making Sense of the World
Michael Mark First Date
David Mason A Pestilence
Jason Olsen If Anyone Was Offended …
Grant Quackenbush The Last Poem I’ll Ever Write
Stephanie Rogers Fat Girl Trilonnet
Marjorie Saiser This Is What Life Does
Michael Spence Glad
Sasha Stiles Teleporting to the Motherland
Alison Townsend Burritos in Wisconsin


Tishani Doshi (web)

Cover Art

Shreya Vikram