Poetry beckons us to delve into the depths of our emotions and perceptions.
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5 Homegrown Poets Who Are Capturing The Harsh Reality & The Beauty of Existence

"Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash."

- Leonard Cohen.

As we navigate life's existential questions, poets through the ages have offered solace and contemplation, reminding us of the intricacies of existence encapsulated in verses that echo through time. While some may view poetry as complex or inaccessible, it beckons us to delve into the depths of our emotions and perceptions. It is not about deciphering every line but about allowing the words to wash over us, igniting imagery and emotions without hesitation. Poetry transcends political divides and narrative constraints, delving into the core of human thought and feeling. This National Poetry Month, let's take a look at 5 Homegrown poets who are crafting tales that reflect both the harsh reality and the beauty of existence while weaving narratives that resonate deeply with the human experience.

1. Meena Kandasamy

Meena Kandasamy
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Meena Kandasamy, known as a 'one-woman, agit-prop literary-political movement' according to the Independent, is a poet, writer, translator, anti-caste activist, and academic based in India. Her work resonates with raw intensity and resilience, confronting oppression and disinformation in contemporary India. Meena's powerful poetry delves into issues of caste, gender, and societal stereotypes, fearlessly giving voice to marginalized perspectives and challenging patriarchal norms despite facing threats for her outspoken critique of Hindu society. Her writing creates impactful waves, both celebrated and questioned, in our societal landscape.

Read her work here

2. Karuna Ezara Parikh

Karuna Ezara Parikh
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Karuna Ezara Parikh, a poet, writer, former television anchor, and model, is renowned for her activism and insightful perspectives on contemporary Indian society. She studied Journalism, Film & Broadcasting at Cardiff University, and her notable works include the novel The Heart Asks Pleasure First (2021) and the poetry collection Where Stories Gather (2021). Parikh's compassionate and thought-provoking approach to writing has gained her recognition as one of the most prominent writers of her generation in India. Her recent powerful poem addressing issues of caste in India sparked controversy, highlighting her commitment to addressing crucial societal issues through her art and activism.

Read her work here.

3. Tishani Doshi

Tishani Doshi
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Tishani Doshi, a poet, writer, and dancer, was born to Welsh and Gujarati parents in Tamil Nadu. Her debut poetry collection, Countries of the Body (2006), earned her a Forward Prize for Best First Collection. With six books spanning poetry and fiction, Doshi's accolades include an Eric Gregory Award for Poetry and representation at global poetry events like Poetry Parnassus in London. Her poetry delves into themes of travel, love, identity transformation across borders, and self-illumination, reflecting her diverse experiences and perspectives. Doshi views poetry as a journey of experience, expression, and transformation, embracing the surprises and revelations that come with the act of creation.

Read her work here.

4. Pranav Misra

Pranav Misra
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Pranav Kirti Misra, a Lucknow-born writer and co-founder of the fashion label Huemn, is known for his engaging poetry that delves into diverse themes. From reflections on the women in his life to fragmented memories and everyday philosophy, Misra's poetry captivates audiences with its characteristic tongue-in-cheek humor and passionate wordplay. His work creates a unique and engaging poetic experience that resonates with readers on multiple emotional levels.

Read his work here.

5. Saranya Subramanian

Saranya Subramanian
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Saranya Subramanian, a poet, writer, and theatre practitioner based in Bombay and San Francisco, is renowned for her innovative approach to preserving and promoting the works of 20th-century Bombay poets. She founded The Bombay Poetry Crawl, a unique initiative that brings the city's literary heritage to life through poetry walks inspired by the famous 'Bombay poets'. By blending roles as an archivist, researcher, urban planner, tour guide, and poet, Subramanian creates immersive experiences that celebrate the rich literary tapestry of Bombay verse by verse and step by step.

Read her work here.