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poetry

Darwin’s Poetry

Rahul Jayaram

The first woman to hold the Oxford chair in Poetry and the great-great-great-grand daughter of Charles Darwin, Ruth Padel knows a thing or two about survival.

Kitte Mil Ve Mahi

This is invisible Punjab, bypassing the airbrushed mythology of its prosperity and the always-happy-always-cheerful Punjabi. This is a key to the understanding of how the Sufi way has come to rest with the state’s impoverished Dalits.

Rhyme and Treason

In these times when success is determined by numbers, poetry is a marginal mode of communication. Perhaps what the poet should look for is the intensity of his readership, not its size

Did You Say Poetry Is a Bore?

Maybe no more. It’s leaving its stuffy image behind as performance poets jump onto stage and get the crowd high on their rhythm

Writ of the Moving Hand

What is it about fiction that sends us recoiling towards poetry?

Picking the Poor for Pictures

The images chronicle Mumbai’s underclass—migrants who pour into the city’s entrails from various parts of Maharashtra and other states

City of Imagination

The author on Calcutta’s elusive connection with its literary tradition and the anarchy caused by the Hungry Generation

Critical Condition

Last fortnight, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra was nominated for the chair of Professor of Poetry at Oxford. Here, he lambastes English literary sensibility in India

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