16 January, 2021

In Psyche The Faithful Trust

It's a bleak time for Indian English poetry. These three fine talents dispel the gloom somewhat.

In Psyche The Faithful Trust

The English poetry scene in India is going through an unpre­cedented churn. Many small pub­lishers are cropping up (most dying out after a few titles). Some younger poets have formed ‘collectives’, publishing each other’s books in their ‘closed group’ and then ceasing. Short-term egotistical enterprises like this is an unh­ealthy trend, not conducive to openness. Even though more people are writing poetry, not enough read or buy it. The level of intellectual criticism is at an all time low—conversations reduced to gossip and slander—a mass of banality, lacking cer­e­­bral gravitas. Amid all odds, inde­pendent publishers who soldier on include Poetrywala, Copper Coin, Red River and Dhauli Books. These pre­sses, led by committed poet-activists, believe in the written word through an unbiased eye, a rarity in these dark times.

Satyajit Sarna’s Profane, his first book of poetry, shows the microcosmic care and concern he has for language. His lines are tightly wrought, content well managed, and the...



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