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Poem of the month: Sweet Shop by Amit Chaudhuri


The whole universe is here.
Every colour, a few
on the verge of being barely tolerable.
Every shape as well as minute flourishes
created in the prehistory
of each sandesh by precise pinches.
The horizontal trays
brim (but don’t tremble) with mass and form.
The serrations are near-invisible.
You’d miss them if they were deeper or clearer.
The soft oblongs and the minuscule, hard
pillow-shaped ones are generated
so neatly that instinct alone
could have given them shape, and no mould.
In the harmony shielded by the glass
is an unnoticed balance of gravity and play.

• Sweet Shop by Amit Chaudhuri is published by Salt (£9.99). To buy a copy go to guardianbookshop.com or call 0330 333 6846. Free UK p&p over £15, online orders only. Phone orders min p&p of £1.99.

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