PN Review Print and Online Poetry Magazine
News and Notes
Digital Access to PN Review
Access the latest issues, plus back issues of PN Review with Exact Editions For PN Review subscribers: access the PN Review digital archive via the Exact Editions app Exactly or the Exact Editions website, you will first need to know your PN Review ID number. read more
Poems Articles Interviews Reports Reviews Contributors
Gratis Ad 1
Monthly Carcanet Books
Next Issue Thomas Kinsella in conversation Jeffrey Wainwright comes to grips with St Chad Hsien Min Toh gives us a Korean perspective Iain Bamforth on Lou and Fritz: Sensible Shoes meets Starstruck Judith Bishop on Love and Self-Understanding in an Algorhythmic Age

This poem is taken from PN Review 173, Volume 33 Number 3, January - February 2007.

Two Poems Sujata Bhatt


The Old Man who is Not

for Günter Kunert

The old man who is not
really that old, sits naked
with thirteen skulls
piled up high on his table.

Is it his desk or is it
a corner of his dining table?

Other people he knows
prefer to keep vases full of roses
and bowls overflowing with fruit -
especially apples. Other people prefer
      to keep apples nearby.

But his skulls must stay -
even the grass stained ones.
For they need to speak to him.
Look, how impatient they are,
...


Searching, please wait... animated waiting image