How to be a good poetry audience..

We’ve talked about stage fright, the benefits of attending poetry workshops and tips on performance in previous blogs, and now it’s time to give the audience a few pointers! It’s simple really; a good audience can help uplift a performance, while a distracted/bored audience might drain, even the most seasoned performer. No poetry event is…

“I inherited poetry..”

I inherited poetry. Before I loved it and made it mine, it lay in those corners of my house that my mother called clutter. Those havens of disorder had been reclaimed by my father and filled with old, torn and used books picked up from pavements. My mother disapproved, but grudgingly yielded; as several of…

Poetry Tuesdays in Thane

In 2009, after 3 months of absolutely unplanned travel from Goa to Chandigarh, Delhi, Rushikesh, Jaipur, substance, alcohol, at the mercy of the hospitality of friends and strangers, white water rafting, learning how to paraglide and doing everything with no real source of income, fresh out of the euphoria of a published book, out of…

I write, therefore, I am..

It’s simple. I write, because if I don’t, I’ll go crazy. I’m what’s called a HSP – a highly sensitive person. We are 20% of the world’s population, I’m told. A HSP feels more intensely than the average person. We pick up on others’ emotions, even just by sitting next to them. We can tell…

The activism of poetry..

Ever since I’ve been old enough to grasp the nuances of life, it has always seduced me, enticed me, and had me returning to it again and again. I felt a sheer depth of emotion within its words. It is one form of literature that I consider to be something of an outlier when compared…

Where page and performance poetry intersect.

Six months ago, if I had to choose, I would have called myself a page poet. I’ve written for a long time but it is only recently that I have fully been able to explore performance poetry, for a variety of reasons. Moving to Bombay is definitely one of them. I was vaguely aware of…