Poem by Kiriti Sengupta


high rise

look at the egg-baskets around
you will find them of several designs
and varied shape
the most common being the ones
which look like a cage

no matter how tall your claim is
no matter how cool your lawn breathes

birds no longer fly high

like the eggs
we love to keep the birds


Artwork © Ira Joel Haber


Kiriti Sengupta’s is a bilingual poet and translator in both Bengali and English. His other works of poetry and critique include The Earthen Flute, A Freshman’s Welcome and My Dazzling Bards.

Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, writer, book dealer,photographer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows bothin the USA and Europe and he has had 9 one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum,The Albright-Knox Art Gallery & The Allen Memorial Art Museum. Since 2006 His paintings, drawings, photographs and collages have been published in over 230 on line and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Pollock-Krasner grants, the Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grant and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists’ Fellowship Inc.




  1. Very nice poem by Dr. Kiriti Sengupta. What a beautiful thought on the comparison between freedom and love. We love eggs, so we keep them safe by putting them in a egg-basket. Its an open cage for the eggs, the eggs who are unable to move. We love birds as well, we keep them safe from the outer world through cageing them. Thats why “birds no longer flying high, no matter how tall your claim is, no matter how cool your lawn breathes”. In the last, the poet used the word “Safe” inspite of “Caged” very lyrically.

    I read only three books from seventeen books he authored still now. To me he is not a poet who repesents our heart related issues, a general feature of the poems now-a-days. Rather he is a poet who who repesents the unknown world or the spiritual world very secretly through a very common and natural phenomenon. He used to write metaphorical short poems, prose-poetries which demand re-reading.

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