Flying to the Moon

In this section:

Destination Moon – With Joyce Brinkman

Destination Moon – A chat with Joyce Brinkman – Lead Editor, The Polaris Trilogy, Inaugural Poet Laureate of Indiana

On The Wings of Poetry

Two Special Editions of Yugen Quest Review featuring diverse, gifted, beautiful poets, languages & themes:

Warmth & Verse

In Search of New Worlds


Two poems – Urgent and In Love’s Name by Basudhara Roy Chatterjee

Lifeboat to the Moon – Baisali Chatterjee Dutt #CeWoPoWriMoWE prompt (prompt -Smeetha)

Lifeboat to the Moon – Smeetha Bhoumik #CeWoPoWriMoWE prompt (prompt – Smeetha)

Light & Shadows – Sangita Kalarickal #CeWoPoWriMoWE prompt (prompt – Maya Sharma Sriram)

Poem – Sea-facing Flat by Kavita Ezekiel Mendonca

Appa Immortal – Vidya Shankar

Note of Thanks to WE Judges Panel

5 Note of thanks with love and gratitude to our WE Poetry Judges PanelDr. Nishat Haider, Dr. Taseer Gujral, Dr. Somrita Urni Ganguly, Smeetha Bhoumik.


An Interview with Kalpna Singh Chitnis that is treasured

Three Curated Sections of this Special Edition

Embodied curated by Dr.Sonali Pattnaik,

For Women Who Make Mistakes curated by Dr. Somrita Urni Ganguly

Flying to the Moon by Smeetha Bhoumik

Destination Moon – A Chat with Joyce Brinkman

Warm welcome Joyce. Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts with us at Yugen Quest Review.
What is your most special moment as Lead Editor - The Polaris Trilogy ? 

Joyce - There were a lot of great moments. I enjoyed corresponding with the anthology poets about their poems. I appreciated how helpful some of them were in spreading the word about the project to others who might also submit. However. if I had to pick one moment that was the highlight of the whole experience it would have to be when the package came containing the first book published. In that moment seeing how beautiful the book looked with the different poetry forms and shapes scattered throughout in that grand display of Earth's languages conveyed an extreme level of awe over poetry's power to infuse the world with luminosity. A poem is a package to be unwrapped and the diversity displayed in the packaging of these poems heightens the eagerness to open them.

What has been the biggest challenge and the easiest part of bringing together poets from all over the world in this anthology? 

Joyce - The biggest challenge was reaching the poets with the call to submit. There is no global system that everyone can find. Finding poets in all the countries we did was a real challenge. That does not mean that there aren't fine poets in places we didn't reach. They just didn't see the call. The easiest part was reading the poems that were submitted. Each poem was a little package for me to open. For me it was like having poets from all over the world sending me a present.

What is it about the moon that so enchants us, and are you in love too...?

Joyce - Of course, there have been other heavenly objects that humans have studied and worshiped over the ages but I'm not sure any one of them has been worshiped anymore than the Moon. It is, of course, our closest heavenly neighbor and the theory is that it was once part of the Earth. It pulls the tides of our oceans so there is a strong connection. I'm particularly fond of Asian poetry that uses Moon imagery. It's interesting how many of the Moon legends are similar in different parts of the world. So, yes, I am a lover of the Moon. I'm not sure there would have been another object, in the heavens or on Earth, that could have pulled me into undertaking this enormous project. I guess we would have to say that the Moon has a pull on me.

Warm regards to you Smeetha...

Many thanks Joyce for doing this. 
Looking forward to our lunar expedition,

Good wishes,
Adventure & excitement
From all @ YQR


Warmth & Verse

This YQR issue features in CLMP’s Women’s History Month Roundup March, 2023

In Search of New Worlds

Dec ’22 – Feb ’23 New Year issue

Two Poems by Basudhara Roy Chatterjee


In Love’s Name


He’ll be late tonight, he says.
As usual, it’s something ‘urgent’.
By now, one has heard
that word often enough
and each time, from him.

I gingerly roll it across my tongue.
Ere gent. Before man?
Some unarguable logic
must preside herein, I shrug, for
in my world no one thing is urgent.

Not a bit, however, can be ignored.
There's everything calling me at once --
dream, dishwasher, book, bread, 
love, laundry, classroom, closet,
wars, windows, pudding, poetry.

How I wish that early in history
some woman had bought /ˈɜː.dʒənt/
from the lexicon as a threat
against other imposed tasks till one
arrived at them on one’s own.

In my non-urgency, however, I smile,
deeply partial to the French knot of my life
over the running stitch of his, sanguine
that in dance, grace alone matters
and return to origin is always a privilege.

In Love’s Name

a land marauded
a language left fallow
a state scissored to slivers

dignity retracted
letters re-directed
maps contoured to opportunity

the fish-body slit open each time
at that one place near the heart
to coax what is inside

and each time the same 
unceremonious declaration
that it was not worth it


In love’s name
he asks for a body,
a deed, a gate, a title,
a password, a date.

He is pleased
that I agree,
not realizing 
these matter little to me.

In the bazaars of history
they have asked for greater things
in love – a revenge, a thumb,
a trial by fire, a kingdom.

Where I come from,
love is a shock of red
on the krishnachura bark,
plentiful and unasked.

Where I come from,
love is not wise.
It will barter all for peace
no matter the price.
Basudhara Roy teaches English at Karim City College, Kolhan University, Chaibasa. Author of three collections of poems, the latest being Inhabiting, she writes because she must test words on her tongue, pulse, moods, agitation, abstraction and satire. Her recent poetry is featured in the Usawa Literary Review, EPW, Outlook, Madras Courier and The Dhakha Tribune among others. She loves, rebels, overthinks and reviews from Jamshedpur, Jharkhand.

A Treasured Interview with Kalpna Singh-Chitnis

YQR May 2022 Edition

Note of thanks to our WE Poetry Awards Judges for their contribution and solidarity

Dr. Nishat Haider, Dr. Taseer Gujral, Dr.Somrita Urni Ganguly are WE Green Hearts and wonderful judges, who have devoted their time, attention and energy towards building up the WE Literary Community. Our immense gratitude and love to them.

About the Editor

Smeetha Bhoumik is an artist, editor, poet, founder – Women Empowered-India (WE) Literary Community, 2016 and founding editor Yugen Quest Review, 2021. She is the author of poetry collections – Where I Belong -Moments, Mist & Song (2019), Return to Love – The Point of Poetry (2021), and Chief Editor of Equiverse Space -A Sound Home In Words (2018). Her poems feature in national and international journals and anthologies.
In art, her favourite theme is The Universe Series in oils depicting galaxies, star forming regions, mysterious energies of the universe. Her work has exhibited in India and abroad, notably at the Red Dot Miami, 2015, Oxford International Art Fair 2014, 2015, Parallax, London, 2013, Jehangir Art Gallery 2010, Academy of Fine Art, Kolkata 2011, 2012, Barcelona International Art Fair, 2014, in ten solo and forty five group shows.
Smeetha believes in creativity, equality and endorses a spirit of collaboration.

Landing in Tune – A Heady Mix of Past, Present & New Times…

Song Selections