There are so many talented poets writing poetry now. Every month I’ll be posting names of five poets whose work I have enjoyed with an excerpt from one poem of theirs. They are in no order. Do check out other poems by them.
1- Arjun Rajendran
This is from his poem ‘Refilling‘ published in The Sunflower Collective.
How now to describe that anguish when my father got off
the train at platforms to refill a water bottle;
because nobody then had yet learnt to sell water.
When everyone started buying it, I was older, unlike the time
my feet didn’t reach the compartment floor. I sat
by the window thinking the whistle will sound any second now,
2- Mihir Vatsa
Lines from ‘The Difficulty with Turning You into a Human’ in 40-Under-40- a post globalisation poetry anthology.
In the chamber, her features stare through
the fumes. Curves so sculpted, so splendid,
Forgive me my humour, miss.
3- Rohan Chhetri
Here’s a bit from ‘Not the exception‘ in Rattle.
The man who survived a derailed train,
His compartment lunged into the basement
Garage of a housing complex, did not think
Of death. Death does not come as a thought
Preceding itself. The texture of death is felt
Only in the affectations that surround it.
4- Aditi Rao
Here’s a bit from her poem ‘Cityscapes‘ in Vayavya.
At the train station, a taxi driver shouting
for pilgrims. In the train, stories of pilgrims
visiting shrine, over and over. They find god
napping, are asked to wait outside.
5- Ranjani Murali
A few lines from ‘Everymuruga‘ in QLRS.
Muruga loves to play ball in the evenings.
Sometimes Muruga stands in the stone verandah
and pretends to be the king who swallowed a thousand quintals
of flaming mud. Muruga eats several idlis a day, but saves
just one idli for the bus ride back from school,
when he crushes it into paste and rubs it on
Sarala’s arms. Then he scrapes off the drying
lumps with his nails until her arms and eyes turn
red and she brushes the back of her hand across