More than rhyme

Pankaja Srinivasan
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Chatline On the eve of launching her anthology of poems, Srividya Sivakumar tells Pankaja Srinivasan writing verse is the only way she knows to express herself effectively

“Why can’t people read more poetry? It conveys a sense of something in the shortest time possible. In this world of instant gratification, nothing gratifies quite as much and quite like poetry,” says 36-year-old Srividya Sivakumar. Her just-published collection of poems, The Blue Note , is a slim volume, gold-embossed, hand-stitched, hand-pasted and hand-bound in bright blue handloom cloth. It is published by the prestigious Writers Workshop of Kolkata, which has also published the works of Nissim Ezekiel, Kamala Das, A.K. Ramanujan and Vikram Seth.

In the foreword to The Blue Note , G.S.P. Rao, the Managing Editor of Muse India (a literary e-journal that showcases Indian writings in English and in English translation to a broad-based global readership), has said her poems are reminiscent of Kamala Das’s. “That is so unreal,” Srividya says. “In fact it is pretty amazing to see my collection published at all.”

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