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Updated: Jul 8

Mathew Jasper

Young poet Mathew Jasper from India writes a thought-provoking poem about a simple quotidian act.

I want to take off everything,

every sliver of clothing,

anything that covers—

there’s something peculiar

about unobserved nudity,


world-buildingly for whose

generous gaze

I desire. How lonely

Artwork by R.M. Naeem

to be in quiet audience

of one’s own nakedness,


at consummation’s cusp—

cupping one’s own secret breasts

like a freshly done outline,

in private delight

at turn toward liminal…

something nimbly lost

in the textile everydayness

of coerced production.


Mathew Jasper is a practicing doctor based in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, with an M.D. in Internal Medicine. His interests are in poetry, music, and philosophy. He is currently working on his first book of poems.

R.M. Naeem is a recipient of the President’s Award for Pride of Performance 2023 as well as National and Provincial Awards. Born in 1968, he graduated from the National College of Arts, Lahore with a distinction in Fine Arts. He has been a part of the permanent faculty (Assistant Professor) at NCA since 1994. In 2019 he was awarded Associateship of the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan. In the past twenty-seven years, he has held 20 solo shows both in Pakistan and abroad and curated various shows of local and international artists. Moreover, his work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Since 1994 he has been promoting art through educational activities at his studio ‘STUDIO RM’. In 2008 he initiated the Studio RM (International) Residency program in Lahore, Pakistan. In 2018 Naeem was shortlisted for the Erasmus+ international credit mobility staff teaching week at Middlesex University, London. He has garnered other accolades too numerous to be listed here.


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