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Remembering Sugathakumari, the Malayalam poet who became the face of environmental activism in Kerala
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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.

In Mumbai Monochrome, photography and haiku conjoin to explore the unfamiliar in the mundane
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In Mumbai Monochrome, photography and haiku conjoin to explore the unfamiliar in the mundane

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
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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.

Gulzar on A Poem a Day, his collection of translated poetry chronicling India's history since 1947
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Gulzar on A Poem a Day, his collection of translated poetry chronicling India's history since 1947

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.

Remembering Rahat Indori: Three writers recite verses by the Urdu poet and star of mushairas
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Remembering Rahat Indori: Three writers recite verses by the Urdu poet and star of mushairas

Aamir Aziz, Anukrti Upadhyay and Shivam Sharma commemorate Rahat Indori's life and work by reciting some of his memorable couplets

Ardhe Akash Maathyavar: Anthology of Marathi poetry turns an empathetic gaze on life on the fringes
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Ardhe Akash Maathyavar: Anthology of Marathi poetry turns an empathetic gaze on life on the fringes

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'
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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.

Speaking truth to power: Iqra Khilji presents 'Khabees' and 'Haq Paraston Ke Naam'
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Speaking truth to power: Iqra Khilji presents 'Khabees' and 'Haq Paraston Ke Naam'

Iqra Khilji, who shot to fame with her poem Khabees, speaks about what poetry means to her and her literary inspirations

World Poetry Day: Four spoken word poets reflect on love, our cities and friendships
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World Poetry Day: Four spoken word poets reflect on love, our cities and friendships

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

In The Profane, Satyajit Sarna presents meditations on India's political milieu through poetry
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In The Profane, Satyajit Sarna presents meditations on India's political milieu through poetry

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 on finite joy of receiving awards, mark of a good poem
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Jayanta Mahapatra on finite joy of receiving awards, mark of a good poem

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

Firstpost Poetry Project: Ankita Shah presents 'A(f)fair Warning' and 'Vulture'
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Firstpost Poetry Project: Ankita Shah presents 'A(f)fair Warning' and 'Vulture'

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

Rochelle Potkar on her new book Paper Asylum, and the wonders of Japanese haibun poetry
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Rochelle Potkar on her new book Paper Asylum, and the wonders of Japanese haibun poetry

In Paper Asylum, Rochelle Potkar combines her love for the Japanese form of haibun (part-prose, part-haiku) with social commentary

Shehar Matrix | Ramneek Singh
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Shehar Matrix | Ramneek Singh

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.

Cheetiyaan | Ramneek Singh
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Cheetiyaan | Ramneek Singh

Ramneek Singh talks about the strength of spoken word poetry and the value that the art form holds in his life

How to Love Art and Save your Artist's Life | Shruti Sunderraman
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How to Love Art and Save your Artist's Life | Shruti Sunderraman

Shruti Sunderraman says poetry is the first and easiest form of expression for her — like a first aid kit for her emotions.

Labels — Are for Bottles| Aashna Iyer
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Labels — Are for Bottles| Aashna Iyer

Aashna says that a good poem touches the listener/reader in a manner such that it creates an impression in their own mind.

Flowers and Friends | Shruti Sunderraman
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Flowers and Friends | Shruti Sunderraman

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."

7 Minutes |  Aashna Iyer
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7 Minutes | Aashna Iyer

Aashna Iyer says that poetry to her is about making people break their veneer of poise and actually feel things

Queer Verse: Two poets introspect on love, loss, and identity
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Queer Verse: Two poets introspect on love, loss, and identity

Aditi Angiras and Akhil Katyal are poets and editors of an upcoming anthology of South Asian queer poetry