Poetry is a powerful medium of expression, it moulds language like no other. Reading a poem can be a meditative experience—it urges us to listen, and feel. In this edition, we bring you some poetry collections that stunned us with their rhythm, and verse.
The centrepiece of this collection by Anne Carson, a poet and essayist known to blend classical and contemporary styles, is the long poem ‘The Glass Essay’. In it, Carson writes about the end of a love affair, juxtaposing her grief with her reading of the Bronte sisters.
This powerful anthology collects 70 emerging as well as well-established women poets from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. They write about the importance of women’s voices, and the problem of gender-based violence. The collection is edited by Sarita Jenamani.
This collection by Tishani Doshi explores love, loss, and landscape. The Chennai-based poet brings alive the vivid experience of living by the sea. In the titular poem, she writes an evocative, haunting call-to-arms in the name of women everywhere.
In this book from indie publisher Yoda Press, Fióna Bolger explores multiplicities. Drawing from her Irish heritage and the breadth of her travels, her poetry spans languages, countries, and forms to bring us something new each time.
An award-winning collection of poems, ‘These Errors Are Correct’ by Jeet Thayil is a meditation on grief. The poems are intimate, full of rage and tenderness, mulling over addiction, and the blurring of time.
In ‘A Current Of Blood’, Namdeo Dhasal, poet and founder of the Ambedkariate organisation Dalit Panthers, brings us poetry that reflects on dissent, caste identity, freedom, and political imprisonment.
Written after the passing of her partner, ‘Dearly’ is a deeply empathetic collection by Margaret Atwood. From introspections on pressing political issues, to ageing, love, loss, and grief – these poems are packed with emotion, insight, and wit.
Edited by Aditi Angiras and Akhil Katyal, ‘The World That Belongs To Us’ is a first-of-its-kind anthology of contemporary queer poetry from South Asia. Its themes traverse desire, activism, loneliness, caste, intimacy, and so much more.