Wordsmiths ahoy!

By Sudeep Sen

2016 was another great year for Indian poetry, with accolades, international recognition and some memorable debuts

In the The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry (by Indians), which I had edited and curated in 2012, I had stated in the introduction that the best of English-language poetry by Indians is far superior to the vast amounts of average English-language fiction that is being published regularly. That anthology, spread over a mammoth 550 demi-sized pages, contained 85 poets born after 1950.

An exuberant new anthology of young poets, 40 under 40 (Poetrywala), published this year, is one of the many proofs validating my statement of four years ago. This volume updates and enhances the map of contemporary English-language poetry by Indians. The scene is now truly vibrant and full of the energy that poetry demands and thrives upon. India has now reached a critical mass where high-quality English-language Indian poetry is readily available to anyone who wishes to find it.

When Imtiaz Dharker wins the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, Vijay Seshadri wins the Pulitzer or Vahni Capildeo wins the Forward Prize (UK) or when Karthika Nair wins Book of the Year at the Tata Literature Festival in Mumbai — all this must indicate something genuinely positive and uplifting for Indian poetry, nationally and internationally. Read more

Source: The Hindu Business Line