Call for Submission – September 2021 Issue

While submissions are open to all, we wanted to take this opportunity to call Dalit-Bahujan-Adivasi creators to bring their stories of food, culture, and identity through poetry, short fiction, essay, art, photo essay, graphic narrative. We also encourage LGBTQ creators to send their entries.

Tenzing Palyon, one of the editors for this issue, came up with the theme based on his tryst with his kitchen and longing to ditch takeaway containers and embrace a dine-in experience once again. The initial idea was to focus on COVID and its impact on how the world consumed food. Seeing that the pandemic only increased the disparity in food consumption, nutrition, and safety, we decided to broaden the scope to include the wider social, economic, and political context of food.

Send us your submissions at popdacultpill@gmail.com

Numb Nights

-Samira Ahsan

I don’t know if it makes sense

To damage someone beyond repair

And put them on the fence.

I wonder if anyone can hear

The screams; fading echoes

louder than night waves

sharper than a prey’s fear.

Yelling in the pillow –

yearning to be expressed

But nothing.

Just failure.

If you can hear the howls I swallow,

Show me a way of life to follow

I sleep and sleep away my pain

But it’s always there when I awaken.

When you ask me why I don’t want to fall asleep,

It’s only because I have to wake up and

build myself all over again.

So far, I do, eager to free this chain

I sleep to escape, wake up to remain

Yet nothing.

All in vain.

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A nocturnal being, Samira studies Architecture and Design. She is a professional over thinker and a part-time procrastinator filling blank pages with contemplation. She is quite fast at typing messages but never picks up phone calls. You can reach Samira at samiraahsan20@gmail.com

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The poem appeared in the April 2021 Issue of Pop the Culture Pill. Read the complete issue now!