It Happens Again


This is one of Amrita Bharati's more explicitly feminist poems, yet the delivery retains her characteristically understated tone. Only 'screaming', in the final stanza, and the unsettling image of something gnawing at 'the silent tongue', betrays the fury from which this poem is wrought.

We tried out various titles - 'The Same Thing Again', 'It's Happening Again' - before deciding on the sense of weariness and repetition in 'It Happens Again' (and again).