Ankita Saxena

poet, performer, workshop facilitator

Sunny Side Up

It’s always difficult to know when to make the crack and how.


Whether to tap the shell slightly

with the right side of a sharp fork, or to make the cut



And when the thumbs slip, give way to the hidden ‘O’

of the hole, how best to aim the yolk


so as to allow for a minimum diameter,

maximum force.


Without machine-like control, this exercise

will fail. Hot plate to canvas, strike to scrambled mess.


You, far from the flame’s grip, will not be able

to disjoin the yellows from the whites, surface sludge

from second degree burn.


Difficult to know when and how; more so

to know who.

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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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