The Language of Plants Was Shaped By a Colonial Past
The more elaborate my mother’s garden grew, the more elided was the strenuousness of her efforts.
I do not want to become my mother
Behind the Bungalowmaligardener
Torsa Ghosal is the author of a book of literary criticism, Out of Mind (Ohio State University Press), and an experimental novella, Open Couplets (Yoda Press, India). Her fiction and essays have appeared in Necessary Fiction, Literary Hub, Catapult, Bustle, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor of English at California State University.
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