MANISHA ANJALI



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NEPTUNE:
A DREAM ARCHIVE

works —
   - kala pani
   - otherwordly hymns
   - moon lolo/sun fish
   - birth of the saint
   - the mountain

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the mountain that grows on her back


sugar kane woman, witchcraft press 2016

i watch aji change
into a lizard

as i walk on the mountain that grows on her back.

a lit bidi
a sea salt sigh

reptile kava skin
snake & cross tattoo

my heels dig into her wingbones, circa 1912.

salmonish starch cotton sari
soaking in coconut coconut sweat

i moonwalk across her crooked spinal chord
i daydream across her crooked spinal chord

she hums an anti-indenture folk song.

when the earth shakes
& seawater fills our tin home
i'll be safe high up on the mountain that grows on her back.

beta, will you cry for me when i die?
all sugar kane women want to die.
Mark