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Partha Sarkar: There Has Been No Cooperative System

Art by Bernice Holtzman 2023

There has been no cooperative system   

by Partha Sarkar


There has been no cooperative system,

There will be none

There has been no inborn enthusiasm,

There will be none

It is only death that introduces the system,

The cooperative system at the foot of the pyre.

You may get angry with me

And show this is the . . . this is the . . . " 'ism" 

But show I will the different cards that are played

At the brink of the hill

By the fool

And none is responsible

As the puller draws the rickshaw

While out of the car spits the owner—  

The biggest destroyer of the embryo.


Partha Sarkar is a resident of Ichapur, a small town of the province West Bengal of India. He is a graduate who writes poems that are inspired by the late Sankar.

Sarkar and his friends (especially Deb kumar Khan) protest against social injustice and crimes against nature. His poems have been in different magazines, both in Bangla and in English.

Once, he believed in revolution, but now he is confused because of the obscurity of human beings. In spite of this, he keeps fire in his soul.

Bernice Holtzman’s paintings and collages have appeared in shows at various venues in Manhattan, including the Back Fence in Greenwich Village, the Producer’s Club, the Black Door Gallery on W. 26th St., and one other place she can’t remember, but it was in a basement, and she was well received.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2023