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To Ye Globular Clusters That Seek To Undo Me

by Dhrithi Arun

Dhrithi.R.Arun is an aspiring 17-year-old journalist from Bangalore, India. She is currently a socio-political writer for Affinity Magazine. Her works have been published in the likes of The Times of India and the Huffington Post. She is an ardent enthusiast for all things literary, dramatic and expressive. Follow her @ArunDhrithi on Twitter.

What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “To Ye Globular Clusters That Seek To Undo Me”?

When I was a child, I was frequently cautioned against self-afflicting behavior through the use of foreboding tales, woven together to ensure my obedience. “To Ye Globular Clusters That Seek To Undo Me”, was created as a reflection on such experiences. The poem is an attempt to offer an insight into the internal recesses of a young girl’s mind, who is beginning to grow skeptical about the words she is fed. I sought to use the apple seeds as a metaphor for the falsehoods we grow accustomed to, tying into the warning of a mother to her daughter that swallowing apple seeds will lead to apple trees growing within her. It’s a humorous testament to the culture of attempting to shape our children’s character with well-intentioned fibs. I used a concrete poetry style to juxtapose the superficial visual whimsy of childhood yarning against its subtler implications on our ability to digest information with unquestionable trust in the future.

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