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Puneet Dutt

Puneet Dutt’s debut collection of poetry, The Better Monsters (Mansfield Press, 2017), was a Finalist for the 2018 Trillium Book Award For Poetry (English Language) and was Shortlisted for the 2018 Raymond Souster Award and was named one of “Ontario’s Best Books” in 2018 by NOW Magazine. Her poems have appeared in a number of literary journals, such as Canadian Literature, Event and World Literature Today, and in the anthology Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, with an introduction by Margaret Atwood. Her chapbook, PTSD south beach (Grey Borders Books, 2016), was a Finalist for the Breitling Chapbook Prize (Phantom Books). She holds a MA in English from Ryerson University and is an editorial board member at Canthius. Dutt was born in India and is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada, and currently lives in Toronto with her husband and son. To reach out, follow her on Twitter @puneet_dutt or visit puneetdutt.com.

 

from PTSD: south beach

i have listened
i have listened
to the fruit-market women squeeze limes
chew the purpleblack figs
give cheap
too much
too muchmuch you price big
they fist the air
they are proud of their
baskets
brimming with lettuce heads
madcapped carrots
and the dirtdug beets still crusted with earth
now in new countries
food is plentiful
roads trundle into other towns
where mules no longer bring home
children
without limbs