Menka Shivdasani

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Keki Daruwalla on poetry, growing up in pre-Partition India and the perils of intolerance

Reading the works of former Indian Police Service officer and poet Keki Daruwalla is a delightful experience in itself, but watching him enunciate …

Poet of luminous silences

Kunwar Narain’s passing is also the loss of a whole literary world. He was of a generation of Hindi writers that confidently understood that in …

What My Father’s Death Taught Me about Poetry

The first, and I think only, poetry reading I ever went to with my father was at a bookshop next to Washington Square Park in Manhattan. It was …

Indigenous poet Ali Cobby Eckermann turns life of pain into poetry success

Indigenous poet Ali Cobby Eckermann has described her writing as a cure for the enormous grief she has suffered in her life.<p>"I think I'd be a little …

Domestic Violence

Cha International Poetry Prize 2017

<b>UPDATE: Winning poems will be published in Issue 42 of</b> <i>Cha: An Asian Literary Journal</i><b>—the Eleventh</b> <b>Anniversary</b> <b>Issue—scheduled for December 2018.</b><p>To …

Hong Kong

20 Classic Poems Every Man Should Read | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: This article was written through a collaboration between C. Daniel Motley and the AoM Team.</i><p>Matthew Arnold, a Victorian poet, once …

Stanford Libraries post digital archive of drafts of Allen Ginsberg's HOWL

Ginsberg's HOWL isn't merely a masterwork of poetry, nor is it merely a classic; it is also an indelible part of American free speech jurisprudence: …

DNA TAG-A-POET CHALLENGE: April isn't the cruellest month

You'd agree, summer is infinitely more tolerable when you’re balled up on the windowsill, sipping on aam ras, sinking your teeth into some succulent …

Arabian Sea

Poem of the Week: ‘Birches’ by Robert Frost

Since Mother’s Day is right around the corner, this week I’ll share some verse by a poet my mom loves: Robert Frost. Here’s a bit of Frost’s “Birches:”<p>I’d like to get away from earth awhile<p>This poem, along with two others which appeared in the same issue, marked the first time Frost published his …

NPM Event Spotlight: The Poetry Radio Project

<i>On Being</i>, the Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation and podcast hosted by Krista Tippett, is celebrating National Poetry Month with The …

BBC - Culture - The 22 syllables that can get you killed

Afghan women express forbidden love through secret poems, or landays. Eliza Griswold looks at the words of rebellion that have been passed down for centuries.<p><i>When sisters sit together, they’re always praising their brothers.<br>When brothers sit together, they're selling their sisters to others.</i><br>– …

Poet on the Edge

Indiana-born, Twitter-savvy, and Millennially mischievous, Patricia Lockwood taps into the temper of the times.<p>Priestdaddy<p>By Patricia Lockwood<p>Riverhead<p>If the number of bullyboys, bootlickers, power nerds, language goons, and slithering propagandists in society remains more or less constant, …