31 October, 2020

Pritish Nandy

On his new poetry collection, Stuck On 1/Forty

Pritish Nandy

A collection of tweet-sized poetry—how did you hit upon that idea?

I decided to take on the discipline of writing just 140 characters per poem so that people can share them, tweet them, and it could be a conversation starter. I thought it up six
months ago and publishers jumped at the idea.

Does such super-short poetry work?

I have tried to persuade people to look at things differently. And if you want people to read you, you must catch the spirit of the times. So I experimented with the format and punctuation.

You have experimented with the entire packaging, not just the content.

I believe the medium is the message. How you say it is as important as what you say.

How long did it take you to write them?

A month. I work well under pressure, I find peace in the midst of frenzy.

Did you feel tied down by the word count?

No, I always had a sense of when a poem was going to spill over.




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