‘veramma’ and other poems

Introduction This set of poems reminded me of the first time I read Jonathan Franzen’s…

‘Now, my dreams make sense and it bothers me’ and other poems

Introduction Dreamlogic is disorienting—revealing, inadvertently, the shortcomings of our waking hours. In the harsh glare…

‘What the Hero Said to his Heart’ and other poems

Introduction There is a narratorial quality in Diana Romany’s poems. But that is where the…

‘G is for’ and other poems

Introduction G is for … good! In an age of superlatives, how refreshing to read…

‘My People Pleasing Says the Bartender Would Like Me If I Ordered Something’ and other poems

Introduction When form, substance and style come together in a handful of poems, you know…

‘I Hope You Are Irreverent In Your Young Age’ and other poems

Introduction The first thing that struck me when reading Prithvi Prabhu Pani’s poems was the…

‘A Killing During Occupation’ and other poems

Introduction Much of writing is a tug of war between the universal and the particular.…

‘Tigerwatch at the Sunderbans in May’ and other poems

Introduction In a parallel life I work with school textbooks, and am fascinated by how…

‘Ten Sentences about Surat for a 5-year-old to Read, Remember and Recite in School’ and other poems

Introduction As I was reading for this last issue of 2022, I realized that over…

‘All That Needs Doing’ and other poems

Introduction As I was reading for this issue, I became aware of the significant number…