Give or Take
“Two signs on a brick wall point the way. Take it or leave it. It’s as simple as that. The choice is only yours to make.” Continue reading
Watching Sunrise over Mountains
two words eliding together suryode clouds tearing at seams, re-feathering for day crows flapping wings Continue reading
Clowns can get away with Murder
Clown walks into police station. Half a cheek smeared with the weight of a falling tear. Lips stretched to a clotted moon. Drooling. Continue reading
Brother imagines himself marching to Burma. Superman’s knickers. A red turban. Wants to be a hero. Continue reading
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.