I’ve been the secret and the secret-keeper
the one from whom the secret is kept.
I’ve been a curiosity of connections that don’t concern me
the cause and effect of all that is curious.
I’ve been right and I’ve been wronged
I’ve been righteously wrong.
I’ve been a cut-out shape where I used to be seen
and I too have cut fleshy shapes from my life.
I’ve been the problem and the solution
the floating object of insomnia, rage
a presence off limits
that has in turn been there for me.
I’ve been the reason and I’ve been the excuse.
I’ve been falsely accused, rightly refused.
I’ve been the obsession
I had an alibi.
I am the reason you needed an alibi.
©Saradha Koirala, from Photos from the Sky (Cuba Press, 2018)
November 5th Saradha is launching this new collection tonight at The Thistle Inn in Wellington at 5.30 pm (3 Mulgrave St, Thorndon, Wellington). Launched by the wonderful Tim Jones. Come early to the marquee area at Thistle Inn for a glass of bubbly and some vegetarian snacks, stay for the poetry.
Then on Wednesday 7th Nicola Easthope will join Saradha at Unity Books in Wellington at noon until 12.45 to celebrate their two new books with Cuba Press, Photos of the Sky and Working the Tang.
Saradha Koirala is a writer and teacher living in Melbourne. Her book Lonesome When You Go won a Storylines Notable Book Award. She has Published two previous pietry collections.
Cuba Press page