Well-known poet Arundhati Subramaniam, who received the first Khushwant Singh Literary Award for Poetry-2015, says that after some decades of seclusion, poetry is once again enjoying greater visibility.
“For some time, poetry seemed to have been banished from journals and there were hardly any publishers willing to touch it. But in recent times, publishers are more open to anthologies of poetry and there is a strong presence of poets at literature festivals and literary meets,” she says.
Poet, editor and curator Arundhati is a recipient of several awards and accolades for her poetry. ‘Eating God’, an anthology of 48 bhakti poets, has been translated by poet translators and edited by her.
Poetry for her is surrender of a seeker to the divine as well as against the cultural ethos of the society. The title comes from the line of a Tamil poet who says that if he finds God, he will catch him and eat him up. “Such is the intensity of knowing and internalising God,” she adds.
A session on Saturday will have Arundhati talking on her anthology ‘When God is a Traveller’ and reciting her poems. When asked about her relationship with ‘God’, as the word occurs in the titles of both the books, her reply was, “God for me is a companion, a cotraveller and a metaphor.”
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