Poetry Reads: Leisure by WH Davies

This is a poem I love quoting to the busy bodies of the world, especially the first two lines, and on its utterance, the effect is usually of silent agreement or a sigh of resignation. I am yet to witness an iota of protest on its rendering, understandably so, for the lines of WH Davies … Read more

Poetry Reads: Movement by Tobias Biancone

Ahoy, Wolf here. For some years now I have maintained a notebook where I write down whatever little snatches of poetry, song and quotes that catch my eye. The book title is scrawled in uppercase, ball point ink on the cover: THE CAPRICIOUS LITERARY POETRY AND QUOTE COLLECTION. Of the many select things listed here, … Read more

Poetry Reads: The Arrow and the Song by HW Longfellow

It was at school that I had my first nervous, stumbling brush with this ageless Longfellow poem. I was in third grade then and the teacher had, much to my displeasure, singled me out for reading aloud. The timid, unsure boy that I was, it was not long before the good-hearted teacher remarked in the … Read more

Poetry Reads: A Standing Meditation by AK Ramanujan

AK Ramanujan (1929-1993) was quite simply, a man of many talents. An Indian literature scholar, Ramanujan was a bilingual poet, writer, translator, playwright, folklorist…we cease to catch our breath and zero in on the poetry. So here’s a minute bit of his oeuvre. You will note how much design is critical to the poem’s effectiveness … Read more

Poetry Reads: The Wolf on Poetry

Howwwwwwl. More precisely, Wolf here.  In the human world, especially on moonless nights and sun-filled days, I moon about as a promising writer, poet, and lyricist who has been promising for several centuries now. Why, I even had a set of thousand visiting cards made for distribution that would lure the female of the species, … Read more

Poetry Reads: Witchcraft for Attracting a Man by Xpetra Ernandes

Incantations is a collection of illustrations, ‘spells’ and poems, all created by 150 Mayan women. Ambar Past collected these drawings and poems, even as she resided with them in 1970’s Mexico. She has vivid memories of an epidemic bringing death to the village. “They live with no comfort,” As Ms. Past has said in an … Read more