A New World of Light, Jacob Fisher
We went to an amusement park
in downtown Calcutta, with
fire-breathing macho men and
an artist who wrote my name on
a single grain of uncooked rice.
There was a water slide with mats
made of golfing turf, and no
soft landing to break the fall.
My uncle, the boy, had told me
weeks ago of a tightrope line
I’d have to walk across to exit
the park. No harness and no net –
he’d told me, as we sat in a
locked room in my grandparents’ house,
shouting Bengali expletives
to strangers on the street, hiding
behind the shutters if they looked our
way. One man waited until we
snuck a peek and scared us shitless.
My face – must have exhibited
the same expression that night as
we walked to the ride, my uncle
mischievously grinning at me.
The ropes were strung up high and taut
and carried…compartments. Sturdy,
stable enclosures that traveled
the lines along the vicinity.
As we glided through the air,
I thought to yell at my companion,
but it was dark and we were high,
so I just glanced over the edge.
Mosquitos danced. Light bulbs flickered.
He put a hand on my shoulder.
About the Author
Pritha Bhattacharyya · Cornell University
Pritha Bhattacharyya is a Bengali-American writer who received her B.A. from Cornell University in 2016. Her work appears in Rainy Day, Marginalia, Litro Online, Poetry Breakfast, and The Blueshift Journal. She currently serves as a poetry reader for The Adroit Journal. “At Night (II)” first appeared in Rainy Day.
About the Artist
Jacob Fisher · Bard College
Jacob Fisher is graduate of Bard College and a Installation Artist living and working in New York City. Jacob creates temporary installations that work at transforming and redefining the aesthetics of a space. He Strives to create a visceral experience for viewers, something that is approachable to all. Through the combination of unconventional materials, repetitive forms, and transformative light, the installations become dynamic pieces of artwork that viewers become lost within and mesmerized by. “A New World of Light” first appeared in Bard Papers.