CFS, Vol-2, No-2

ISSN: 2581-7094

Teesta Review: a Journal of Poetry

Call for submission Volume 2 Number 2

Call for Submissions for November 2019 Issue

Theme: Destiny

Deadline for submission: 30 September 2019

Call for submissions

“I think the future is going to become increasingly mechanized, computerized... I don’t think there’s any turning back. I just think it’s about finding a way to survive... to thrive in that society.”
- Jim Morrison

I guess it was my destiny to live so long
-         June Jordan

Death chase me down
death’s way
uproot a breast
infest the lymph nodes
crack a femur
rip morale
to shreds

Death chase me down
death’s way
tilt me off-kilter
crutch me slow
nobody show me
you make a cup of coffee
with no hands

Death chase me down
death’s way
awkward in sunlight
single in a double bed at night
and hurtling out of mind
and out of sight

Don’t chase me down
death chasing me
death’s way

And I’m not done
I’m not about to blues my dues or beg

I am about to teach myself
to fly slip slide flip run
fast as I need to
on one leg

The question of whether we, as sentient beings, have an actual hand in our roles on earth or not, has long been the subject of examination for poets. The words by Morrison and Jordan quoted above interrogate the idea of destiny, and pave the way for further poetic reflections on this enigmatic topic.

Destiny can be seen as a fixed (for some people “divine”) plan, which will be attained no matter how much humans strive against it. According to this vision, human actions make little or no difference, because destiny ensures that the future will unfold in a certain, predetermined way, despite our efforts to modify it. But destiny can also be seen as the spectrum of possibilities ahead of us: possibilities that are continually influenced by our decisions, as well as by external circumstances; possibilities that are created at the level of body, mind, and spirit, with linkages to external or historic influences already ingrained into our human fabric (memory, dreams, language, etc.).

The central questions contributors are invited to engage with are:

Is destiny a fixed external force, an attitude of resignation in the face of some future events, which are perceived as inevitable? Can destiny be transformed by our decisions and actions? Can poetry - with its prophetic character - influence our individual and collective destiny? Do we, as individuals (and poets) have the power to positively impact our surroundings? What is the destiny of humans in an increasingly digitalised world, where Artificial Intelligence seems most likely to be taking over? And the destiny of books and poetry in the digital world? What is the destiny of our societes and political institutions in a world that is becoming multipolar? And the destiny of humanity, challenged by wars, widespread poverty and inequality, biblical migrations, climate changes, etc.?

The concept of destiny, and its “twin concepts” fate and free will, are complex, multilayered, and thought-provoking, especially when pictured through the eagle-eyed perspective of poetry. In the light of this, Teesta  Review is inviting contributors to creatively imagine new ways of shaping our past(s), present(s) and future(s), and solicits submissions of poems, articles, essays, interviews, reviews of poetry books and photographs.

Theme: Destiny

Subthemes include (but are not limited to):

·        Fate/free will
·        Futurism /Afrofuturism
·        Posthumanism
·        Poetry in the digital world
·        Artificial Intelligence
·        Multipolarism
·        Social and environmental consciousness and justice

How to Submit?

Kindly follow our Guidelines for Submission and send your contribution through: with cc to

Teesta Review Volume 2 No 2 will be edited by Dr Raphael d’Abdon.

Please check our Guidelines for Submission.  

We’re excited to see what you have for us.
Let us flow like the river -

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