Hello Friends,

As I write this, I wait for the mayflowers to bloom everywhere, I wait for the colour of the sky to be a bit more radiant; I wait for this anxiety which has wrapped us all to fade somewhere but for a poet even when they are waiting there will be poems everywhere.

You all are welcome to read the second edition of Literary Impulse.

Happy Scribbling,

Priyanka Srivastava Edition Editor, Edition II Literary Impulse



Don’t I exist for you by Srinath Samba The writer has written about loneliness alluringly, the relationship is not the same with time and through his words; the poet is searching for answers for his own peace. That’s what writers do most of the time. The line — “What has changed that you would desert me in my desert ” says it all in a simple and poetic way. (Priyanka)

I wish I were a tree by Bradley This poetic prose on the nature of being, as its subtitle defines it to be, is a soothing journey into the colours of the being, with thoughts coming and going, all pointing in one direction that our perspective is all there is. He finds Siddhartha in this narrative, a kind of Buddha who understands how science works. A flowing zephyr of calmness this verse is. Which makes you believe in the power of existence all over again. “And when dusk yawns in a vermillion smile, bringing forth the canvas of stars, I know tomorrow I will emerge from the soil anew. (Nachi)

Poetry Thief by Aspen Blue The poem talks about the trauma of being a poet and how poets steal poems from simple moments of life. Simple language of the poem speaks to me and the poem falls quietly in the reader's mind like a leaf which drifts calmly and rests on the path.

“I’m a bandit in my bard-dom An embezzler of pain A pickpocket of allegory A pilferer of rain.” and for me that dewdrop which I couldn’t hold on, magical words. (Priyanka)

A Breath Hitched by Manasi Diwakar The verse talks about that noise unheard after that pause which the spirit feels before walking away, something different to read and muse about. Not a simple thing to write about, a stark reality about life written in a Sufi style.

“the sound of the death carried to the world” rings a stillness in our mind which makes us think about the fragility of life. (Priyanka)

Escaping The Prison by Prashant Pundir Besides the fluidity and hold over the subject, I was simply drawn to those visually appealing metaphors that Prashant has used throughout the poem, which elevates it to a different level altogether. It is rich, imaginative and talks about an important aspect of self healing. (Som)

INAUGURAL EDITION

We are a series of accidents, to say in the least. In the words of a philosopher called Heidegger, we are thrown into this world, and we have to make the best of it. That’s how it goes. And that’s how it has always been. In short, things that were not planned happen. So it happened with the first edition of Literary Impulse. We wanted to come out with our first edition in the first week of May. But Moira (Fate, in Greek) had something else in her mind. It came too early, and with too few number of stories. FIVE stories this time — THREE poems and TWO fantastic creative non-fiction prose. All by a funny series of accidents. We publish 10 pieces twice in one month, after a careful selection of the stories. The number of submission in the first few editions are supposed to be low. And yet, all the five pieces we got were at par with our satisfaction. We made a google sheet; we asked our editors, how did we like them. And LO! we got five fantastic pieces.


Happy Scribbling,

Nachi Keta

​Literary Impulse

Hamlet’s Revolt by Hank Edson is a fascinating poetic comment on Shakespeare’s immortal “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark”. We loved how Hank was able to reinterpret it as Hamlet’s revolt rather than his dilemma, which is too famous in the following words — “to be or not to be”.

Punctuated by Aspen Blue is a poem for literary lovers, in her own words. It is a poetic play on possessive punctuation. Read this small verse and see how punctuations as metaphors are able to say a lot in few words, and how the ending completely changes the tone of the poem, the best part. Don’t punctuations rule to very emotions of our compositions?

An ounce of courage by Gurpreet Dhariwal is a poem about perseverance. In it there’s a message about our own strength and to hold it all together and move on.

Who will earth choose? by Annelise Lords raises an important point on the burning issue related to the minority communities (inspired by the Rohingya community) around the world, and how the current situation is affecting them and their livelihood.

Connection by Chris Alleyne moved us to the core. This beautifully written confessional essay is an outcry to the changes in modes of communication. He describes how the communication has changed over the course of a short time, and how that has brought about a gap. Observe how the essay moves from ‘Do you realize that we are watching the death of interpersonal communications?’ to “We all have to live our own life. We’re born alone, we die alone. I think we’re lucky if we have people along the way who are willing to share the bumps and highs that come along between the two events.” An essay of hope.