Category Archives: Poetry

Poetry fiesta debates native images in Nepali poetry

Nepali poets and critics on Saturday held a comprehensive discussion on presence of native identities, cultures and traditions in Nepali poetry.

Most speakers of the IACER Poetry Fiesta, organised by IACER, a Pokhara University-affiliated college, in the Capital, opined that Nepali poetry needs to use and promote native knowledge and traditions in order to lead it to the global literary arena.

Critic and poet Mahesh Paudyal presented a paper arguing that Nepali literature cannot live long with used images from the West. “Our poetry henceforth should turn toward ourselves and articulate the long-lived knowledge to the world,” he said. 

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Singapore: Poet Paul Tan appointed NAC deputy CEO

Singaporean poet Paul Tan has been appointed deputy CEO of the National Arts Council (NAC) effective 1 June. Tan is currently director of visual arts in the same organisation.

He is replacing Yvonne Tham  who has been appointed assistant chief executive of the Esplanade arts centre.

Paul Tan, a former journalist, has published three volumes of poetry. The first two Curious Roads (1994) and Driving into Rain (1998) won the Commendation and the Merit Prizes at the Singapore Literature Prize competition respectively. His third volume First Meeting of Hands was published in 2006. His poetry, fiction and journalistic writing have appeared in various anthologies, newspapers, magazines and literary websites. He has been the director of the Singapore Writers Festival for the last few years.

In China today, does poetry still matter?

From the University of Washington Post Blog

There’s a famous Chinese saying that “the misery of the state leads to the emergence of great poets” (guojia buxing shijia xing)–or more literally, “when the state is unfortunate, poets are fortunate.” These words come from a poem by the Qing dynasty historian Zhao Yi (1727–1814), observing the phenomenon in which classic works of poetry often appear during times of calamity: war, famine, dynastic downfall, and so on. Read more

From Mumbai jail, poet accused of Maoist links writes about life on the run

Sachin Mali of the Kabir Kala Manch will release a new collection of his work next week.

It could have been a regular poetry reading, with Girish Karnad as the chief guest, and actor Ratna Pathak Shah and singer Sambhaji Bhagat among those confirmed to attend. The only problem is that Sachin Mali, the poet whose third anthology will be released at the Mumbai event next week, cannot attend it because he is in jail.

The title of Mali’s anthology, Sadhya Patta Bhumigat (Current Address: Underground), draws from his experiences in hiding as he and other members of a cultural organisation called the Kabir Kala Manch spent two years trying to avoid arrest after being accused of having links with Maoists.

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Work that is life’s poem: The poignant poetry of Narendra Modi

The surprising poignancy of Narendra Modi’s poetry: Chandrahas Choudhury in Caravan

One of the book’s most repeated tropes is that of what we might call the “superior man’s loneliness,” which stems from his own sense of a higher calling, or from the world’s inability to empathise with his dilemma, or—we see a fascinating dialectical tension beginning to operate here—from his own inherent lack of trust in the world because of its perceived fickleness. Read more

Chinese Nobel laureate hopes new film can revive art

Requiem for beautyChinese writer Gao Xingjian, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000, said Friday before a screening of his new film in Taipei that he hopes it can reflect the spirit of art and bring that spirit into people’s lives.

Modern life is full of materialism and politics, while people no longer talk about feelings, thoughts and the meaning of life, Gao said prior to the Taiwan premiere of his experimental film Requiem For Beauty. Read more

Why is Rumi the best-selling poet in the US?

This 807-year-old Persian mystic and dervish has a massive following in the US and around the world. Jane Ciabattari explains his enduring influence: BBC

The ecstatic poems of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, a Persian poet and Sufi master born 807 years ago in 1207, have sold millions of copies in recent years, making him the most popular poet in the US. Globally, his fans are legion. Read more

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