Poetry was like coming home. I wrote about young love, longing and loss. I wrote about women, children and people who didn’t have a voice. I wrote about rebellion, I wrote about desire. Perhaps...this is who I became through poetry.”
That’s what 30-year-old urban transport professional, Zainab Kakal hopes to share with the poetry-loving community in the city, through a recently revamped blog.
Words Tell Stories (WTS), given a facelift in May, aims to be a repository for poets and poetry-lovers in Mumbai. While the year-old website primarily had a monthly poetry calendar earlier, it now focuses on the poetry community in Mumbai, first-hand experiences of spoken-word poets and the audience, posts on trends in poetry and verses from the city’s bards.
“As performance poetry enters wedding events, flea markets and art galleries, many want to experiment but don’t know where to look,” says freelance writer and founder of the blog Rochelle d’silva, 32, a performance poet herself. “Several writers end up imitating American slam poetry. I hope the city’s community can engage in a conversation through the blog.”
Posts on the nuances of John Lennon’s writing and experiences of a poet hooked to YouTube are currently popular. D’silva soon plans to publish posts on the poetic influence of hip-hop, Instagram poetry, a primer on ghazals, and poetry podcasts you can tune in to.
“Poetry is democratic, and not as high-brow as we imagine. It can be as entertaining as stand-up comedy, and Words Tell Stories is a great place to discuss its effect,” says subscriber Preeti Vangani, 30, a marketing executive.
WHAT: A one-stop poetry resource for Mumbaiites