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Where Will the Next One Come From?

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra


Where Will the Next One Come From?

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra


Poem introduction

'Where Will the Next One Come From': by 'next one' is meant the next poem

Where Will the Next One Come From?

The next one will come from the air
It will be an overripe pumpkin
It will be the missing shoe

The next one will climb down
From the tree
When I'm asleep

The next one I will have to sow
For the next one I will have
To walk in the rain

The next one I shall not write
It will rise like bread
It will be the curse coming home


from Distance in Statute Miles (Clearing House, 1982), © Arvind Krishna Mehrotra 1982, used by permission of the author

Recordings

Arvind Mehrotra Reading from his Poems

1The Sale

2Continuities

3Kite

4Canticle for my Son

5The Roys

6Engraving of a Bison on Stone

7Distance in Statute Miles

8Two Lakes

9Where Will the Next One Come From?

10Company Period

11On the Death of a Sunday Painter

12After Maluk

13Bhojpuri Descant

14Approaching Fifty

15Borges

16Memoranda

17Locking Up

18I Cannot Live here All my Life

19Dream-figures in Sunlight

20Bharati Bhavan Library Chowk Allahabad

21Ironing Lady

22Death in an Art Deco House

23The Fracture

24Herodotus, My Mother, and Civets

25The Meal

26Summer Break

27Paradise Flycatcher

28Picking Pole

29Hedge Scissors 30Hoopoe 31Seven Sisters 32Looking Out

Books by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra