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Suffering, Shame, Rebellion

Poetry by Jose Varghese


Varghese is a bilingual writer and translator from India. He is the author of ‘Silver Painted Gandhi and Other Poems’ and his short story manuscript ‘In/Sane’ was a finalist in the 2018 Beverly International Prize.



They say the ability to suffer in earnestness will uplift all species to an equal plane, but the inability to redeem themselves out of heinous acts from the past through shame is apt to pull humans down to the fathomless depths of self-destruction.

For each Mary Wollstonecraft, there’s a Thomas Taylor hiding beneath anonymity to bring forth a venomous antithesis for the Rights of Brutes.

The lower species, in their eyes, are useful for them only to wrap some myths in ambiguity – like the one about the sons of a slave woman and the hearth deity becoming the founders of the City.

Entire cities in which slaves outnumbered free folks took their own time to open their eyes.

A suicidal Spartacus awaits to rebel among the subjugated species, born on their own, or the ones created by humans in the fullness of their own image, of overrated rational powers, and useless intelligence.


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