If your lover wants to be so close to you, so close, closer than your skin, how will you respond? Annie Zaidi’s poem “Diaphragm”, which will be published in the September 2010 issue of Cha, explores this topic, and the result is, as our guest editor put it, ‘as taut as breath held’.
Bio: Annie Zaidi is the author of Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and Other True Tales (Non-fiction/Tranquebar 2010) and Crush (Jaico 2006). Some poems have appeared in The Little Magazine, Desilit, First Proof: 2, Pratilipi, Indian Literature (Sahitya Akademi) and Mint. Her short fiction appeared in 21 Under 40 (Zubaan 2006), Verve, and The Raleigh Review. Her first play “Name, Place, Animal, Thing” was short-listed for The Hindu MetroPlus Playwright Award, 2009. She has been a journalist for a decade and has written for several newspapers and magazines including Frontline, Tehelka, Mid-Day and Deccan Herald.