Poetry at Sangam showcases poetry in English and translations as well as essays on poetics and news of new releases.
We are interested in poetry that is not merely cutting edge or formally rigorous but startling in its truth and nuance, that makes the heart lurch with its beauty and causes pause. Poetry that is visceral in effect, memorable in voice, that unfolds mysterious resonances within the self and that is alive to the movement of the moment and its tremulous still center. We crave poetry that is brave, even reckless in its adventures with language and form, that returns the reader to life with questions, unanswered. We turn to poetry for love or longing, celebration or loss, or when reality is too intense, brutal, or inattentive to contain rumination. We turn to poetry for distillation, to help clear a space for attentiveness, to touch another with precision, exactitude and song. Poetry is an endangered art and what we showcase is not limited by genre, theme, aesthetic sensibility or national boundaries. Additionally we will upload essays on poetics, news of poetry book releases, calls for submissions and announcements of events that help us constitute an international poetry community.
Poetry at Sangam is edited by Priya Sarukkai Chabria.
Priya Sarukkai Chabria is a poet, writer, translator and teacher of creative writing. Twice awarded Fellowships for Outstanding Contribution to Literature from the Government of India her publications include the novels Generation 14 (Penguin-Zubaan, 2008) and The Other Garden (Rupa&Co, 1995) and poetry collections Not Springtime Yet (HarperCollins, 2008) and Dialogue and Other Poems (Indian Academy of Literature, 2005). Forthcoming are Immersions Bombay/Mumbai with photographer Christopher Taylor (Niyogi Books, 2012), Indian Cinema (Harper Collins 2013) and translations of mystic Tamil poet Aandaal (Zubaan, 2013). She has curated two seminars for the Indian Academy of Literature and collaborated with artist from classical dance, cinema and painting. She’s at www.priyawriting.com
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