Remembering Sugathakumari, the Malayalam poet who became the face of environmental activism in Kerala
Till Sugathakumari died, the poet-activist remained a guardian angel of Kerala’s forests, rivers, mountains, coastal regions, wildlife, and precious natural resources.
Through Mumbai Monochrome, a collection of photographs that capture the cityscape in all its moods, Kelkar places dead centre the people who have made this much talked about city an energetic, complex and multicultural metropolis simply by way of their quotidian lives and occupations.
Arjun Rajendran's One man: Two executions is an ode to 18th century Pondicherry through inter-linguistic poetry
What Arjun Rajendran's poetry invokes beautifully is almost a haunting maritime imagery – of massive vessels anchoring at Pondicherry’s harbour, and the treasures, thieves, smugglers and pillaging pirates they brought ashore.
The compilation of translated poems by Gulzar has been over eight years in the making, traversing through the length and breadth of the country, with works of 279 poets in 34 languages featured in the book.
Aamir Aziz, Anukrti Upadhyay and Shivam Sharma commemorate Rahat Indori's life and work by reciting some of his memorable couplets
Dr Shridhar Pawar's experiences in the by-lanes of Kamathipura — with sex workers, impoverished families, queer groups, migrant populations — inform his poetry in Ardhe Akash Maathyavar.
K Satchidanandan on his raison d'être: 'A poet needs to take sides; I am with those who suffer injustice'
Poetry is like breathing, it is the way in which I respond to myself, to nature and to the world around, says K Satchidanandan. A prolific translator, he is of the opinion that translation, by virtue of being a kind of writing in itself, teaches one about the possibilities and limitations of language.
Iqra Khilji, who shot to fame with her poem Khabees, speaks about what poetry means to her and her literary inspirations
On World Poetry Day, a throwback to the Firstpost Poetry Project which showcased the art and creative process of four individuals — Ankita Shah, Ramneek Singh, Aashna Iyer and Shruti Sunderraman
Poetry has the power to, through the said and the unsaid, recreate if only for a moment the whole of an experience, writes Satyajit Sarna
Jayanta Mahapatra speaks about the role of the poet in society, why Odisha has seeped into so much of his work, and what the mark of a good poem is
Ankita Shah, one of the founders of The Poetry Club, speaks about the importance of poetry collectives and what writers can gain from being part of them
In Paper Asylum, Rochelle Potkar combines her love for the Japanese form of haibun (part-prose, part-haiku) with social commentary
Poetry means many different things to Ramneek Singh. When he had just begun writing, he did not measure the value that this art form held in his life. After some time, it became the only thing he actively participated in as a child, apart from academics. Over the years, it has helped him to understand his own opinions on matters of society and politics. It has prompted him to probe his own mind and think about his experiences.
Shruti Sunderraman says poetry is the first and easiest form of expression for her — like a first aid kit for her emotions.
Shruti Sunderraman says that she has always been drawn to poetry. She thinks the strength of this art form lies in its ability to communicate ideas — difficult ideas or those about sensitive subjects — in a palatable manner. "It will be better received or have a better chance at being understood if it's in a poetic format."
Aditi Angiras and Akhil Katyal are poets and editors of an upcoming anthology of South Asian queer poetry