When Beckett writes me.

the absence of human beings is soothing
the absence of human voices is soothing
for a while

to be in love-hate is what it means to be human
deny not accept not deny accept
to be in hate-love is what it means to be human
accept deny accept not deny not
for some time

the presence of human bodies is soothing
the presence of human weakness is soothing
for a little while
in a small space


i can live i cannot live
with you within you without you
without you within you
with you
i cannot live i can live


there is no other, none, null set
imagining there are others
there is only one
or imagining only self

bodies coupling
in the intense heat and cold of the darkness
on the floor of a white and black cell
striking, modelling curious poses
not, loving
thrusting thirsting

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Dr A.V. Koshy is presently working as Assistant Professor in Dept. of English, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Jazan University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has authored or co-authored seven or eight books of poetry, theory and criticism. He is an editor and anthologist. He is also a distinguished teacher of the English language and literature and a critic, with a Ph.D in modern poetry, specifically Samuel Beckett's poems in English. He was a Pushcart Prize nominee for poetry in 2012 and his book Art of Poetry was selected as Best Reads 2012 by Butterfly and the Bee. He has been editor's pick on Camel Saloon thrice and poet of the month thrice in Destiny Poets UK besides often having his poems appear in the highly selected category. Has other international awards, diplomas and certificates to his credit too.

8 thoughts on “When Beckett writes me.

    1. Koshy

      Wow, thanks Louis! It’s influenced by many of Beckett’s works but especially by one called Cascando – a poem that you can read here -“https://www.msu.edu/~sullivan/BeckettPoem1.html”

  1. Laura Bailey

    A very learned write with language reminiscent of Samuel Beckett’s style
    yet with a pace and rhythm all your own.
    It is profound without hitting one over the head with comparison.
    You should be proud of this effort for it shows a
    great mastery of the language of doubt and equivocation
    coming to a crescendo of resolution at the end.

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