Proverbs for Doing Battle – The Consonants

Proverbs for Doing Battle – The Consonants by Priya Sarukkai Chabria Priya Sarukkai Chabria is a poet, writer and translator. Recipient of the Indian Government’s Senior Fellowship to Outstanding Artists in Literature she edits Poetry at Sangam. Her five books include poetry, novels and non-fiction. Her work is translated into French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian and Tamil and is published in international anthologies, journals and websites. Forthcoming are translations of Tamil mystic Aandaal’s songs. “I’d recently read Arvind Krishna Mehrotra’s stunning…

Interview with Vivek Narayanan

1) Did you envision Mr. S. as a book with interconnected poems from a start or did the idea evolve over time? Others have written books with interconnected poems as well such as Kolatkar’s Jejuri and my own Crossing Black Waters but it is not as common. What does writing interconnected poems allow you to do that poetry that stands alone doesn’t? Why did you choose to mix genres as opposed to just poetry or a novel? The idea to…

Book review: Life and Times of Mr S

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Vivek Narayanan’s Mr S is a book that is not comfortable resting within any genre but is situated between poetry, novel, critique. It has the epic sweep of a novel that takes us through one character’s transformation and has a narrator to guide us–all told with the immediacy of poetry to jolt, startle and invigorate. The book is structured in a way to take the reader through a similarly transformative journey. In the poem “Mr. S, on first looking into…