April, 2016

Posted: April 30, 2016 in Uncategorized

Three one-line haiku in issue 4 of ‘Otata’ 🙂


otata 4

Hansha Teki, vincent tripi, Jeanne Martin, Guliz Vural, Alan Summers, Tom Montag, Shloka Shankar, Helen Buckingham, Chad Robinson, Aditya Bahl, David J. Kelly, Kim Dorman, F.J. Seligson

F.J. Seligson on Ed Baker


KUBLAI: I do not know when you have had time to visit all the countries you describe to me. It seems to me you have never moved from this garden.

POLO: Everything I see and do assumes meaning in a mental space where the same calm reigns as here, the same penumbra, the same silence streaked by the rustling of leaves.At the moment when I concentrate and reflect, I find myself again, always, in this garden, at this hour of the evening…


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We Turn Back into Pumpkins

Posted: March 25, 2016 in Uncategorized

The rent of seem is a romantic construct, freedoms afforded by a tedious collection of hours. Every finger is a toe, a blip in the earth’s time (just so long and long enough). I’m a wom…

Source: We Turn Back into Pumpkins


Posted: August 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

Asemic prose + haiku published in ‘the other bunny’, edited by Johannes S. H. Bjerg 🙂

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Mirrors _ Shankar– Shloka Shankar

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My poem, ‘Etymology’ published by Silver Birch Press in their ‘All About My Name’ series 🙂

Silver Birch Press

by Shloka Shankar

Wikipedia traces my name
back to its origins:

“song,” from the root śru, “hear”

Shloka forms the basis
for the Indian epic verse.

But my aunt just named
me after her classmate.

They thought it was unique
(ironically) at the time.

Since then, my name has been
grossly mispronounced, misspelled,
and shortened to hideous lengths.
(Yes, I noticed the oxymoron, too.)

And then there are times when
a look in my direction is all there is;

or I become the silence in a room
where I’m not wanted.

AUTHOR’S NOTE ON THE PHOTOGRAPH: This photo was taken on my 26th birthday in Bangalore, India (23 May, 2015).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Shloka Shankar (b. 1989) is a freelance writer from Bangalore, India. A contributing author in over two dozen international anthologies, her poems have recently appeared in A Hundred Gourds, moongarlic e-zine, Jaggery, Literary Orphans…

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Posted: June 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

An erasure/found haibun published in ‘the other bunny’ 🙂

the other bunny

Saṃsāra _ Shankar final

over and above myself myself

– Shloka Shankar

Source:‘Person-to-Person’ by Tennessee Williams

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A poem in ‘Peaches Lit Mag’

Posted: April 18, 2015 in POEMS

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Issue #1 can be downloaded here.

A poem in ‘Five 2 One Magazine’

Posted: April 18, 2015 in POEMS


Link: http://five2onemag.onimpression.com/2015/04/thesideshow-april-13th-2015-divison-by.html?utm_content=bufferfd41f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer 

A poem in ‘The Mind[less] Muse’

Posted: April 18, 2015 in POEMS

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Link: http://themindlessmuse.blogspot.in/2015/04/a-poem-by-shloka-shankar.html

A poem in ‘Otoliths’

Posted: April 18, 2015 in POEMS

Freewheeling _ Otoliths-page-0

Link: http://the-otolith.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/shloka-shankar.html

An Album of Erasures

Posted: February 23, 2015 in VISUAL ART
First published in the 'Unpublishable' issue of 'Festival of Language'

First published in the ‘Unpublishable’ issue of ‘Festival of Language’

First published in 'RA Poetics'

First published in ‘RA Poetics’

First published in 'Poetry WTF?!'

First published in ‘Poetry WTF?!’

First published in 'VerseWrights'

First published in ‘VerseWrights’

First published in 'RA Poetics'

First published in ‘RA Poetics’

First published in Issue #2 of 'Gnarled Oak'

First published in Issue #2 of ‘Gnarled Oak’

First published in 'RA Poetics'

First published in ‘RA Poetics’

First published in Issue #34 of 'Otoliths'

First published in Issue #34 of ‘Otoliths’

First published in 'Iconic Lit'

First published in ‘Iconic Lit’