While you fly

While you fly
I walk through millions of sunsets
When I’m not so careful
I travel through conversations,
Glide over my thoughtless boats.
I shrink myself and you,
Wrap us in old newspaper,

They float like poems surrendered
On breasts of nameless rivers
The sticks, the figures, the feathers and the storms,
Make love,
Painting patterns with fire.
While you flow through serpentine tunnels,
A river runs through my hair.


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Sukanya Thumbnail I am an artist-scholar and Assistant Professor in Theatre Studies at the School of Theatre and Dance, San Francisco State University. I received my doctoral degree in Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford in June 2016. My dissertation, completed under the guidance of Dr. Jisha Menon, was awarded the Charles R. Lyons Memorial Prize for Outstanding Dissertation. My research project was supported by the Graduate Research Opportunities Award in Stanford, which facilitated my fieldwork in India and Bangladesh during the summer of 2013 and 2014; and the Wisch Fellowship by the Center for South Asia, Stanford University, for my work in South Asian theater and performance studies. My training and specialization are in the area of oral history; postcolonial and ethnic studies (with a focus on South Asian performance studies); ethnomusicology; dramatic literature; transcultural theater and performance; experimental devised performances; and community-based performance-making.


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Sukanya C.