Ankita Saxena

poet, performer, workshop facilitator

Watching Sunrise over Mountains


two words eliding together


clouds tearing at seams, re-feathering for day

crows flapping wings 


same word for ship and plane


what does this say


world catching between peaks


yesterday / tomorrow

sun framing itself, emerging at top: crowning


each stroke missed, making


lake holding glass to sky, symmetrical and angular

single crack for pedal boat


god or mountain


droplet-shaped face with no hair



same word for he, she, they


beating from cluster of cells

child that makes wo/man


sun, never-perfect circle


shortened to ‘wo’, looser version of ‘who’

when do they form


they, spreading halo wings, light falling coloured

they, shining yellow before blue


crows flapping wings against hazy hue of risen sky

who are we to decide


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About Ankita

Ankita Saxena is the author of Mother | Line, which released in April 2023, with Verve Poetry Press. She read English Literature at Jesus College, Oxford (2014-2017), where she was Head of Events at Oxford University Poetry Society, and President of the Turl Street Arts Festival. She has been commended in the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award three times. She is a Barbican Young Poet alumnus, part of the Octavia Poetry Collective, and one half of the ORIGINS Poetry Duo. Her poetry is published in Wasafiri, Modern Poetry in Translation and Bath Magg. She has performed widely across the UK, including live at Hammersmith Appollo, with The Guilty Feminist.

By day, she works at Social Finance, a not-for-profit social enterprise, helping to tackle complex and enduring issues in society and create lasting and widespread change.

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