In Praise of Haiku

For writers with a serious case of long-windedness, the best cure is a few doses of the humble Haiku. And for readers who have little patience with poetry, it can serve as a delicious starter, so much so that one is often left drooling for more. A Haiku is a very short poem, mostly written…

My First Encounter with Performance Poetry

I’ve been writing for years now and hadn’t really ‘found myself’ yet as ‘we’ like to put it. Hi! I’m Aditya Bhatkal and by ‘we’, I mean the entire clan of writers around the world. It’s a long journey, an enticing, not-so-easy, frustrating-at-times. but mostly one that has a ‘learning all the way’ tag following…

Unite and Rule: The future of performance poetry in India

“I’m 65 and I’ve never heard rap before,” an audience member said, addressing the South Dandies Swaraj, a Tamil and English rap crew during the Q&A session after their performance. “But I loved your act and you guys reminded me of Gemini Ganeshan [the yesteryear Tamil film star].” The event was called Me Versus Them:…

Anu Elizabeth Roche on her spoken word journey..

Poetry is a genre I have held very close to me since childhood. The first thing I ever wrote was a poem, the pieces I loved to go back to and re-read were poems, and while I did dabble a little with fiction and writing my own essays in my ratty old notebook, poetry was…

Isha Joshi on her performance poetry journey..

Like many before me, I discovered performance poetry on Button Poetry. The first time I ever performed was at a college festival competition. I spent hours before I was supposed to go up on stage, practising with my best friend. I timed my poem, recited it, screamed it, spoke it. I didn’t end up winning,…