Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Poems Matter: Workshop by Arundhathi Subramaniam

Toto Funds the Arts 
in association with the British Council Library, Bangalore 
is pleased to offer a two-day poetry workshop by 
Arundhathi Subramaniam

Poems Matter
Venue: British Council Library, Prestige Takt, 23 Kasturba Road Cross (Opposite Visvesvaraiah Industrial and Technological Museum) Bangalore
Dates: Saturday, 29 November and Sunday, 30 November 2014
Time: 11 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Fee:  Rs 2,500
This is a workshop about the messy, magical, joyful business of being around poems. Through a combination of discussion and readings, interspersed with hands-on sessions, this workshop is about seeking to reclaim and celebrate the explosive potential of the poetic utterance. It will look at reading and rereading, judging and misjudging, and attempt to address the issue of what makes a good poem. It is open to all poets between the ages of 18 and 35.

Note to applicants 
Since the workshop will be limited to 15 participants, we will have to necessarily screen applicants. Please email ONE ‘finished’ poem to sarita.tfaindia@gmail.com by November 12 at the latest to help Arundhathi choose the participants. Once you are selected, we will let you know how to remit the fee. Those who are chosen must bring to the workshop, ONE ‘finished’ poem (either the one they had sent earlier or a new one) and ONE poem in progress.
Applicants are also requested to make their own arrangements for lunch. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

About the facilitator:
ARUNDHATHI SUBRAMANIAM is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Where I Live: New and Selected Poems (2009). Widely translated and anthologized, she is also a prose writer on spirituality, and has worked over the years as curator, critic and poetry editor. As poetry editor, her books include Another Country: An Anthology of Post-Independence Indian Poetry in English and a co-edited volume of contemporary Indian love poems, Confronting Love. She has been editor of the India Domain of the Poetry International Web since its inception.

‘By turns both laconic and passionate, she asks questions about morality and integrity that many poets simply refuse to take on. Yet she is also an extraordinary love poet ... A remarkable book from a remarkable poet.’
—John Burnside, Poetry Review

‘One of the finest poets writing in India today … It is not dulcet music you hear in Where I Live. It’s the swish of swordplay, each poem skewered at sabre-point and then placed on an electric grille to sizzle like a rasher on a barbecue.’
—Keki Daruwalla, The Hindu

‘A strong personality and an individual voice; her poems feel as if they are meant to be read aloud as well as on the page.’
—Bruce King, Journal of Postcolonial Literature

‘Few poets capture contradictory impulses so convincingly. This unexpected range is what makes Subramaniam’s work such a pleasure to read. You never know what country, mood, streetscape or relationship you’ll be plunged into but the ferociously intelligent attention to detail ensures that you are given every opportunity to engage with the pure energy of the poem.’

—Jules Mann, Poetry International

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