Monday, March 05, 2012

"Recent Indian Writing Has Been Extremely Timid... with Regard to Form"

Here's Vivek Narayanan in Poetry Foundation being interviewed by Alan Gilbert about poetry in India and much else. One sentence struck me:

"Recent Indian writing has been extremely timid and unadventurous with regard to form; the "innocent, simple writer" is an image that's carefully constructed, duly championed in Indian letters. I'm not saying that a "transparent" narrative form can't be brilliant and profound, you understand, just that it shouldn't be a dogma or an imperative, that there should be more space cleared for plurality and the innovation of literary forms."

Hm. Interesting.

He also says that a lot of cross pollination is happening between the Bhasa poets and English-writing poets. Hope some major trend emerges soon, before these fingers grow cold and wrinkled. Hmmmph. 

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