World Poetry Day: 5 Contemporary Poets You Should be Checking for Spellbinding Poems
Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity. ~William Wordsworth
World Poetry Day: Well, poetry is a form like this, a spontaneous overflow of feeling, taking origin from emotions, recollected in tranquillity and getting expressed through words. Poetry is one such beautiful part of literature that can take both your mind and heart, perhaps at once, and before even letting you know.
As Tishani Doshi penned “I think when you read a wonderful poem, when it starts, by the end of it you’ve moved so far – and you think how did you move me so far in so few words?” Well, poetry certainly affects different people differently, and its effects can range from making someone feel overwhelmed to healing and feeling inspired.
And while we celebrate World Poetry Day, we thought about what can be better than writing about the contemporary poets who are serving us with their beautiful poetic works.
6 Contemporary Poets, You Should be Checking for Spell bounding Poems
Ilavenil Meena Kandasamy (born in 1984) is a Tamil Nadu-born Indian author, prose writer, translator, and activist. Her poetry books, Touch (2006) and Ms Militancy (2007) are heart wrenching. She represented India at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program and was a Charles Wallace India Trust Fellow at the University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom. She has edited for The Dalit, an English magazine published by Dalit Media Network, and writes columns for platforms like Outlook India and The Hindu.
2. Damanpreet Kaur
Damanpreet Kaur is an Indian originated poetess who moved to San Francisco at a very early age. She is a Bachelor of Science in Health and Education from San Francisco State University. Her poems are like words melting with unfiltered emotions, often inspired by her childhood experience.
3. Sonnet Mondal
A poet, an author, and an editor of some of the finest books published. The books he has written include Karmic Chanting, Ink and Line, and many more. His list of works and achievements is so long that even a complete article won’t be enough to trace it.
He has been a guest editor for Words Without Borders, New York and Poetry at Sangam, India and acts as a curator of Dutch authors travelling to India on behalf of The Dutch Foundation for Literature. Sonnet has read at literary festivals in Macedonia; Cork, Ireland; Istanbul, Turkey; Granada, Nicaragua; Galle, Sri Lanka; Berlin, Italy: Ukraine; Germany; Hungary; and Slovakia.
4. Tishani Doshi
Just in case you didn’t realize, we started this article with Tishini’s quote. Tishini is a Madras-born poetess with her poems and short stories widely liked and praised. She has published six poetry and fiction books. She also received Eric Gregory Award for Poetry, winner of the All-India Poetry Competition, and her first book, COUNTRIES OF THE BODY, won the prestigious Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2006.
If not anything, we need to recall her quote – “I think when you read a wonderful poem, when it starts, by the end of it you’ve moved so far – and you think how did you move me so far in so few words?
5. Sharanya Manivannan
Fiction, poetry, and child literature – are certainly the primary formats of Sharanya Manivannan. She is the author of six books, the winner of the South Asia Laadli Award and has been nominated for The Hindu Prize, The JCB Prize, The Neev Book Award and other honours. The poetess grew up in Malaysia and Sri Lanka till 2007 when she came back to India.
Happy World Poetry Day!
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