resist me / resist definition / exposition / resist the impulse to bring on the riot police / resist quoting the law chapter and verse / resist breaking into a dance / resist insult / accusation / resist the chanting of the lotus sutra / resist lamentation / laughter / resist looking longingly at a pose you can never keep / resist location / separation / resist the desire to know who lives in those buildings / resist tar and feather / spit and polish / gold lamé / full metal jacket / resist the desire to throw stones / the desire to scratch the itch on your back / resist movement mirage morning / resist the theatre of affliction / resist / apology intention alarm / resist distance / the attraction of pain / futility / flesh / resist godliness / knowledge of wheels / softness of hands / resist helplessness before strength / resist the violent desire for calm / resist speechlessness / the finality of words
Sampurna Chattarji is a poet, novelist and translator, with ten books to her credit, the most recent being her book of short stories about Bombay/Mumbai, Dirty Love (Penguin, 2013). Her three poetry books include Sight May Strike You Blind (Sahitya Akademi, 2007, reprint 2008) and Absent Muses (Poetrywala, 2010). http://sampurnachattarji.wordpress.com/
This poem was originally written in response to an image by Liu Bolin and was commissioned by and published in International Gallerie, Vol 13, No 2, 2010, Poetry in Art/Art in Poetry Issue.