Sex with Michel Foucault
You call it sexuality, I call it bread.
Chewing the bread, smashing the bread...
It’s my habit to write poetry from the dough.
You call it habit, I call it discourse.
Hunger is not a discourse, nor a theory, nor a seminar.
It loves to take the whole
Jams, Jelly, Sugar, Salt, and Beef....even the censorship too.
You call it discipline I call it sin.
I love to be a sinner in my bedroom,
I love to put butter on my body and moist on my soul Just in
front of Mephistopheles.
Do you call it narrative? I call it vulgar.
Taking off everything.....I write the body again, I write the
I write the aesthetics inside a professional asylum.
You call it aesthetic, I call it seduction.
Seduction is costlier than love
Seduction is cheaper than love...
You call it love, I call it sex.
The Add Girl
The Girl of Advertisement
Right now, she has two private things--
One tooth-brush, one comb.
she had some other things her own but they
got sold out at high price dollar.
Flaunting her toothbrush and comb , she is now an ad
‘come on , like whichever way you like, You can smell her
comb and brush’.
In the last decade, her price rose to a high rate
Her hands ,her legs, her face, her rivulet, her hills, her mystery
got fair price
in countries hot and cold.
Now she has only two things left
if she can sell them out, then her life on earth is complete.
In next life, she will give birth to a new Jesus Christ.
She will be a goddess herself.
Her lap will dazzle with the sunlight of a free economy.
Can anyone auction sunlight?
It may happen one day.
If tooth brush, comb and sunlight are auctioned ever,
then we will recognize the girl under the street fluorescent
sadly sitting with a busked of oranges for sale.
Dr. Koushiki Dasgupta is currently the Vidyasagar Chair Professor of History at the Vidyasagar University, West Bengal. Her first collection of Bengali poems, ‘Meaao’ was published in 2014 and second collection ‘Ami Jadavpur Hote Chaini’ in 2018. She has one collection of poems in English, Sex with Michael Foucault, 2015. Her novella ‘Namte Namte Ora Dujon’ is going to be published from Dacca soon. She has been awarded with the ‘Yuva Sahitya Puraskar’ from the Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad in 2019. She has received ‘Natun Krittibas Puroskar` in 2018 and ‘Mallika Sengupta Puraskar` in 2015. Her poems appeared in reputed Bengali magazines like Desh, Ananda Bazar Patrika, Ei Somoy ( pujo issue ), Kobi Sammelon, Vashanagar and in many others. The English translations of her poems have been published in the journal, Indian Literature, New Delhi. She has been translated in Manipuri and Assamese. She is a recipient of Charles Wallace Research Grant at UK in 2014 and UGC Research Associateship at IIAS, Shimla in 2016. She has participated as panellist in the Young Writers Festivasl by the Sahitya Academy in Imphal, Manipur in 2018 and she regularly reads her poems in All India Radio and Kolkata Doordarshan. She has published three books on Bengal politics and bunch of research papers in reputed scholarly journals. She has delivered lectures at different universities and research institutes in USA, Hungery, Istanbul, Netherlands, Dacca and others.