Who I’m Looking For

I’m looking for souls at the beginning of their adult journey figuring out how to live in this world people leaving home, spreading wings, and flying people who don’t have other people immediately depending on them people who believe in the power of the internet and mobile devices to positively transform lives people who want to get in the middle of all the change thats happening and do it, be it, influence it, make it happen people willing to take…

New Deal

There’s a bit of talk in the twitter tech elite about the coming unemployment crisis that will be caused by rapid advances in AI and robotics in the near future. There is a dream that the government or god needs to provide a ‘basic income’ to everyone since many will be unable to earn this on their own and at least in theory we don’t have the stomach to let half of humanity go hungry whatever the current reality and…

On the Other Side

an invitation is sent to come spend time in nature and do what nurtures there is a description of culture like fat that comes with excess with not having to work for money for rent for food that culture comes from freedom to ask what is needed personal development art entrepreneurship social service flourish in the crack created in needing and being behind *** there is no ‘other’ at burningman the invitation is to express yourself the city is not…

The Poverty of Colour

by Suchaita Tenneti I lie loosely erect, bend as I ascend and grow thin; Arms spurt at will, speckled with faint dabs of green. Before me, my spiked sister – denser, barer, shapelier – we stare without looking, But my panoptic vision: tunicked cups, Bursts of colour—blue, yellow, red—embrace life in their tender folds. I meditate: gliding my fingers over their layered faces, feel their intricate finery, divinely crafted, An alien rush fills my pores – whiffs – unsubtle, proud,…

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…