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open sky :: SAMVAAD |2nd April

hosts : Sanjuktaa Asopa & Kashiana Singh


silent after

the shooting

stars

---- Joshua Eric Williams


( Rattle Magazine, July 10, 2022)


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kashiana.singh
kashiana.singh
Apr 06, 2023

Poet's Comments as below - It is very interesting and inspiring to see how such a tragedy invoked such a poem and how the utter shock of these incidents is also represented in the succint approach of expressing through a form like a haiku


From Joshua -


"This poem was in response to the Uvalde, Texas school shooting but also to so many others. My intention was to create multiple poems within one, to be understood in slightly different ways according to how one stresses the words when reading the piece. Among the themes of the poem, I wanted to express sublime beauty amid tragedy but also how brief and small we are in comparison to the interconnected web of…

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Apr 07, 2023
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Yes,

silent after the shooting - says it all.

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marilyn ashbaugh
marilyn ashbaugh
Apr 06, 2023

Amazing! this ku cuts deep, with a feather!

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mona bedi
mona bedi
Apr 04, 2023

This is too good! Sort of grows on me…

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Apr 04, 2023

I feel it can be a one-liner too.

'silent after the shooting stars'

and a suspense as to 'what, where, who,' and maybe the line can be a continuous reading too.


'silent after the shooting stars silent after'

It can go on and on...and that is why we call them as shooting stars!


and one more point to be thought of is that the poet has very cleverly used, ' silent after' and not 'the silence after'


Yes, the meaning changes and the evolving of that process stops.


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I maybe wrong. But, thank you.

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Yes, it's growing on me too. In fact I went and read up all the poems of Joshua Williams in Mann Library archives. Great selection, Kashiana!

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