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Show of Hands


How else to describe it

except as casual fame

the hands all left

or right, all white against

positive space or

brown offset by

negativity, palely shining.

Pared down to a simple body

part, a part of a body part,

fifteen minutes multiplied by

millennia into anybody’s guess.



© Ayesha Chatterjee

Picture 10687130, photograph of neolithic art, circa 7300 BCE, image copyright Mary Evans / Iberfoto



Born and raised in Kolkata, India, Ayesha Chatterjee has lived in England, the USA and Germany. She now resides in Toronto. Her poetry has appeared in nthposition, Autumn Sky Poetry, The Guardian and Magma Poetry. Her first poetry collection The Clarity of Distance was published in 2011 by Calgary-based Bayeux Arts. In 2014 she was one of the nine featured poets in the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Portraits of Poets initiative. She is currently President of the League of Canadian Poets.