When Pranav Misra, the co-founder of the Indian streetwear brand HUEMN is not designing pieces for the brand inspired by love letters exchanged between Rainer Maria Rilke and Lou Andreas-Salome or French art schools, he's writing poems, turning his life experiences into a tapestry of personal narrative through proetry.
His latest poetry reading will take place on November 26, at 7 pm, the KNMA Foundation in Saket, New Delhi. During this intimate gathering, the Lucknow-born poet & designer will share his most recent works, offering a glimpse into the raw and unapologetic autobiographical narratives that characterize his poetic style.
Misra's poetry takes audiences on a journey through his diverse muses, touching on themes ranging from the women in his life to fragmented memories and everyday philosophy. His characteristic tongue-in-cheek humour and passionate wordplay weave together a tapestry of emotions, creating a unique and engaging poetic experience.
In a reflection on his creative process, Misra expresses the distinctive nature of his dual pursuits. "I don't merge the two sides, and I don't struggle with it," he shares in an interview. While his fashion endeavors demand pace and urgency, his poetic self unfolds at a different rhythm, marked by deliberate pacing and introspective pauses. Misra emphasizes the authenticity of his poetic voice. "This is the brutal me," he declares. Writing in Hindi, he unveils a side of himself unfiltered by the considerations of the fashion industry. For him, poetry serves as a relief—a genuine means of connection that transcends the walls often present in the realm of design and consumerism.
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