The Poetry Project | Poetly is an evolving archive of sensation. Each poem in this newsletter is curated with love, and accompanied by a commentary that creates a unique space for engagement with the poem.
Created 06 Oct 2019
  • Under One Small Star
    13 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    While writing about Lucille Clifton’s ‘birth-day’ yesterday, a line from Wislawa Szymborska’s Under one Small Star came back to me: Don't bear me ill will, speech, that I borrow weighty words, then la...
  • Tiana Clark's 'My Therapist Wants to Know about My Relationship to Work' & Lucille Clifton's 'birth-day'
    12 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    A little more than a month ago, Poetry Foundation’s Poem-a-day, one of the early inspirations for this newsletter, shared the first poem that I write about in this post. I was glad for that gift, beca...
  • E. V. Ramakrishnan's 'Avvaiyar in a Haunted Choultry' & Seamus Heaney's 'The Diviner'
    10 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    I had promised you that I will stay a little longer with EVR’s poems. So consider this post a continuation of what I had begun in the last commentary, with a close reading of his latest collection - ‘...
  • Untitled
    08 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    In his preface to the collection published in 2018 by Poetrywala, ‘Tips for Living in an Expanding Universe’, the poet, translator and critic E. V. Ramakrishnan invokes Arun Kolatkar while talking abo...
  • Travelling Together
    06 Nov 2021 • 1 min read
    I have been in transit. My feet are silverfish nibbling away at old paper, in a prism fashioned out of solitude and vacant dreams. My body makes its way through cities of desire and longing. The map t...
  • You are Who I Love
    04 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    It’s Deepavali. Yay! Forgive me for this early morning barrage of enthusiasm. I’m a morning person, and I love festivals. Also, in my defence, it is best to do riyaz first thing in the morning. Yester...
  • 2 poems - "From" & "Super Orphan"
    03 Nov 2021 • 1 min read
    Fatimah Asghar’s poetry fissures into existence with the pulsating presence of a red flower from within the parched earth of blatant discrimination and predatory communities. The poem that opens this ...
  • 3 Poems
    31 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    A few days ago, Poetry Foundation shared this poem by Dorianne Laux: Enough Music Sometimes, when we're on a long drive, and we've talked enough and listened to enough music and stopped twice, once to...
  • Affirmation (Guest Post)
    28 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    Today’s guest post is by a friend of Poetly who wishes to stay anonymous. This person had shared this poem on Independence day, and after reading the poem, and seeing how it was located within our own...
  • Making Love in Urdu
    26 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    Most mornings bring me this country’s quivering heart on a platter, drenched in faded black and white, and burnished with the glaze of development advertorials. It’s heart is still beating, but the pu...
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