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Reel Desires: Chennai International Queer Film Festival 2013

This year, Orinam is pleased to bring you Reel Desires: Chennai International Queer Film Festival 2013, a collaborative effort between Orinam and Goethe Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai, with the support of other local collectives. The festival will be held on three evenings from July 11-13, 2013, and will showcase Indian and international feature films, shorts and documentaries. We invite entries for screening at the event. Entries will be reviewed by a panel, and selections notified by 15 May 2013.

Poem: time

fingers interweave
in mutual remembrance:
wordless farewells
before you disappear
into the flecks
of another
relentless
dawn I sprawl:
trace contours
still etched
on the mattress,
clutch crumpled sheets
to my face,
devour all signs
of your
presence,
fast-fading I curl…

Poem: The Fifth and Final Arrow

I am hurt,
These wounds even Cupid cannot heal,
Why have you done this to my heart? Those bows and those arrows,
Which you carry so confidently and valiantly,
The sight of bees,
Singing of parrots,
And the
Scent of flowers,…

Bharatham is my love, Mohini is who I am

Everything seemed so auspicious. I was bathed in turmeric powder and decorated, my father made me wear my paatti’s Pathakkam. A fresh veshti was draped around my waist in the kshatriya fashion. The moist and sweet-scented smear of Sandalwood paste on…

Poem: Nails

I like them short.  Not because they identify me
as a member of a particular group,
but because I like as little of the white there.
Every other day
I snip away.
A routine that borders on
Ritual.
I hack away…