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Devi S. Laskar

Selected by Guest Editor Gabrielle Brant Freeman

Followed by Bio and Q&A



On Sadness


I want to tell you

a story, about something

that’s important to you:

the fruit falling

far or close to its tree—

the shape the bruises

assume, how the dents

turn purple after a day

or two. Most people

ignore things with bruises

on them, aubergine

the color of imperfection.

It looks good on me.

I wear my sorrow well.




I wear my sorrow well.

It looks good on me,

the color of imperfection.

On them, aubergine.

Ignore things with bruises

or two. Most people

turn purple after a day,

assume how, the dents,

the shape, the bruises.

Far or close to its tree

the fruit falling.

That’s important to you:

A story, about something

I want to tell you.

~ ~ ~


Devi S. Laskar is a native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She holds an MFA from Columbia University in New York. A former journalist, she is now a photographer and poet. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including The Raleigh Review, which nominated her for Best New Poets 2016. She is an alumna of both TheOpEdProject and VONA/Voices, and Finishing Line Press will publish her second chapbook, “Anastasia Maps” in December. She now lives in California.



I just love playing with forms. I wanted to write a poem that could read top down or bottoms up— after Natasha Trethewey’s “Myth.”


What is your favorite dietary pleasure?

Gelato. Chocolate gelato. There’s nothing better in the world.

You’ve just discovered a new planet. What are you going to name it?

Hannah. Because the name is a palindrome.

Which is your favorite season: Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall?

Fall. I love to see what happens to the flowers post-bloom.