Purvi Shah

About Place Journal 2015 aboutplacejournal.org
Purvi Shah
 
You birth a mythology in red
 
 
Survival is not a habit. It is, she
 
admits, a surrender. At an edge
of your night shudders – ants
 
ferry across confines, eager
 
to assert
their allotment
 
to bear, to sort, to deliver, to die – to be
 
reborn. You carve stars
as a saint’s trapeze, suspend
 
ropes, a harness. The others
 
call to you: Meena, bring us
splendor, a bridge spun
of salmon-dust, a road
molt of pigeon song, shoulder
 
this deluge. Before
 
the ocean painted
blue, an invisible
 
brew of life, molting. Red.
 
You seek the first avatar. This woman rising
 
quests not for a consort
but for limitless ground, for feet
elongated & weightless, for feet
 
that can somersault
to gills & wings, to travel never-
 
known seas, for seas
never known until she
 
travels them. She
 
challenges: Let
the dynamite blow. Let
the rains clock. Let the books
stagnate at ocean’s floor. Let the earth tremble
 
in submersion, creation
and creation, again.
 
 
 
Purvi Shah inspires change as a non-profit and media consultant, anti-violence advocate, and writer. In 2008, she won the inaugural SONY South Asian Social Service Excellence Award for her leadership fighting violence against women. During the 10th anniversary of 9/11, she directed Together We Are New York, a community-based poetry project to highlight Asian American voices. Terrain Tracks is her award-winning book of poetry. She is known for her sparkly eyeshadow and raucous laughter. Discover her work at purvipoets.net or @PurviPoets.
 

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