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Houston Poet Varsha Saraiya-Shah

Houston Poet Varsha Saraiya-Shah

VaV-Social-ShareIn the fourth installment of the 2017 edition of Houston Public Media’s poetry series Voices and Verses, produced by Catherine Lu, we meet Houston poet Varsha Saraiya-Shah, and she reads her poem called, “For a Man With One Earring,” which was inspired by a moment in traffic on the 610 Loop.

Varsha Saraiya-Shah’s chapbook of poetry, VOICES, was published in the fall 2016 by Finishing Line Press. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Cha, Borderlands, BorderSenses, Convergence and The Texas Observer, and in anthologies such as Between Heaven and Texas (University of Texas Press) and Five Inprint Poets. In October 2015, she was a poet-in-residence at Noepe, Martha’s Vineyard Center for Literary Arts. Currently, Saraiya-Shah serves as Treasurer and member on the Mutabilis Press Board and on the Advisory Committee of WiVLA (Women in Visual and Literary Arts).

Professionally, she worked for years as a CPA in financial and management roles in multiple industries, and she holds an MBA degree from Cal Poly Pomona, California. 


If the hoop belongs to an ear,

Let it be borne,   left or right
orientation does not matter.

Let men and women wear brows
pierced for voice,

Let bellies and breasts
be open to voice.

Let studded tongues
rave for the brave,

Kudos to those who adorn both
like the dancers and maharajas,
shepherds and temple-keepers.

This poem was published in VOICES and is reprinted with permission by the author.

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