Two Poems

A. Anupama

Ode to reduction

for Mariprofundus ferrooxydans

Electrochemical cultivation will make you the new crude devils—
weight in your taste for iron in the weight of an electron under the weight of the barges
you’ve been eating, then the weight of wind and solar-paneled hillsides drip electrons
onto your skin: the wait for carbon-lust to renovate rust almost over.


Desert drill

Obediently shadowless
as the invisible palms,
wingless mites irritate the metal
under the Jeep, and tell how tall sleep is,
unscalable, surreptitiously windy
as the heart-cactus. The sun waves its rays
in radial bliss. We rest
under the storm-cloud
of memory, a temporary ambivalence
about the coil of snake in the spare tire’s
compartment. Agreed,
the breath ascends, neglects certain whorls,
presses to test pressure, and expands
infinitely, measured in increments
of courage or surrender.


Born in the United States and raised in rural Ohio, my experience as a first-generation Indian-American woman gives a unique perspective to my writing. I graduated from Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA and received my BA in biological sciences from Northwestern University. I have worked in medical publishing for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and legal publishing for the American Bar Association. My poetry mentors include Ralph Angel, Jen Bervin, Leslie Ullman, and Jody Gladding. 

I’m a contributing writer and poetry reviewer at Numéro Cinq Magazine, and an editor and organizer at River River ( I write under the name A. Anupama. My work has appeared in The Alembic, Bayou Magazine, The Bitter Oleander, The Cape Rock, Cutbank, decomP, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Drunken Boat, Dunes Review, Ellipsis, Fourteen Hills, Monkeybicycle, Permafrost, The Summerset Review, Tower Journal, Tulane Review, Waxwing, and other publications.