Clichés – that old ball and chain !

Not too long ago, I was having a conversation with some fellow poets on a piece I had just performed, when somebody said I had a type. By type she meant there was a particular way in which I performed my pieces; a stance, a way of enunciation and intonation, a certain judiciousness of gestures….

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…

The Art of Deciphering Poetry

“The history of melancholia includes all of us” is a line from one of Charles Bukowski’s poems. What’s so striking about this line, is the sheer brilliance of the usage of words, that hits you hard. This line stays with you. Why? Because you can relate to it. Poetry is like that, it stays, it survives for…

Sestina: Like – A Poetry Review

What’s to like in A.E.Stallings’ Sestina: Like? A lot. It’s funny, sarcastic, and rich in language with touches of traditional forms of poetry. The poem caught me unaware, and as I continued to read through it, I was first surprised but quickly moved to nodding my head in full agreement. Sestina: Like by A.E Stallings is a…

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…

On the Poetry of Definitions

As a kid, I never used to think of myself as a poet; even after I wrote my first poem, when I was 8. It was a terribly silly one, about an imaginary cat I had. Of course, since cat rhymed with hat, I had an imaginary hat in the poem too. When I finished…