Illustration by Arushi Gupta

Lotus Fervor by Rose Knapp


Illustration by Arushi Gupta
Illustration by Arushi Gupta

Some psychedelics
Unfortunately require
A Civilized touché
At times of untimely
Intimidation press
Pronoia & paranoia
Blazed lips of death
Voices echo etched
In their own reflection
Too little and you’re
Stuck in swarming
Aristotelian static
Statuesque Crowds
Immortals without
Identity or even
Mosques of masks
Hijabs fade off faces
Knives slide silently
Into the side of
White demons
And by the time
Alexander has one
Adversus Visigoths
Too much machismo
Conquered crushed
Catatonic crusades
Straight lines turn
India he dies and
The Eastern silk
Devours itself
All roads lead
To Helios
Roses burn
Silver glints
Slices smoke
Into projections
Some call history.


About the Author

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Rose Knapp is a poet, producer, and multimedia artist. She has publications in Lotus-Eater, Bombay Gin, BlazeVOX, Hotel Amerika, Gargoyle, and others. She has a chapbook with Hesterglock Press and a collection forthcoming with Dostoyevsky Wannabe. She lives in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at roseknapp.net


About the Illustrator

Arushi Gupta

Arushi Gupta is a 22-year-old alien studying to be a dentist in Chandigarh. She is
a die-hard otaku and wishes to go to Japan soon.  You can find her singing Japanese songs, making some artsy concoction or taking weird photographs in the streets of Chandigarh.

You can find her works here.


Lotus Fervor is one of the many amazing poems from the upcoming edition of the literary collection The Machinery.

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