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  • Writer's pictureCurtis Ackie

low tussle//lotus all

beneath the blushing drapes

a contoured veil to cast

the spell of unfurled petticoats

and bawl gowns shaped to glee

unbreeched baby

in this reeling rite reversal

feet bare and palms to the sun

whirling between twiss and always

© Curtis Ackie 2022

Shahzia Sikander, Cholee Kay Peechay Kya? Chunree Kay Nichay Kya? (What is Under the Blouse? What is Under the Dress?) (1997)


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