The Medley

is a twice-a-year literary journal run by the students of Hansraj College, University of Delhi. It is a repository of stories, poems and essays sent to us from around the world since 2018.

After Stuart Davis' 'Ready to Wear' 1955

we’re good at making something from nothing, laying ideas on tables, working in primaries like children, while somehow group efforts urge pastiches of opposing bias.

stripes wave into jazzy ribbons of syncopation, stars dart toward black holes, patterns are no longer uniform and fragments of old glory fit ever-changing models.

using scissors, thread, presser foot and ingenuity, we piece together bodices of industry, sew languid sleeves that drift like weathered leaves through water, zip catches of years of frenetic aggression, let out waistbands from overindulgence,

craft new American identities from designer to knock-off, immediate and ready to wear.

Cynthia Gallaher

Cynthia Gallaher, a Chicago USA-based poet, is author of four poetry collections, many with themes, including Epicurean Ecstasy: More Poems About Food, Drink, Herbs and Spices, and three chapbooks, including Drenched. Her nonfiction/memoir/creativity guide Frugal Poets’ Guide to Life: How to Live a Poetic Life, Even If You Aren’t a Poet won a National Indie Excellence Award. She was recently selected to be the final judge for the 2022 Prairie State Poetry Prize.