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The elemental relevance of poetry in lives and times such as ours is what binds this conversation with poet Ranjit Hoskote and Journalist Supriya Nair together. Ranjit’s newest collection of poetry, Hunchprose is a response to and reflection of the many lives the poet possesses within him.
This conversation delves deep into inspirations, memories, mythologies, other literatures, stories and experiences that affords us a glimpse into the life of the polymath and how life traces verse and vice versa.
Ranjit Hoskote is a poet, cultural theorist and curator. His seven collections of poetry include Vanishing Acts, Central Time and Jonahwhale. He is also the author of I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded, the editor of Dom Moraes: Selected Poems and a translator of the legendary Urdu poets Mir and Ghalib. Hoskote curated India’s first-ever national pavilion at the Venice Biennale. He has received the Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Award, the Sahitya Akademi Translation Award and the S.H. Raza Literature Award. His poems have been translated into German, Hindi, Bengali, Irish, Marathi, Swedish and Spanish.
Supriya Nair is a journalist from Mumbai. She is the editor of the publication Fifty Two and co-founder of the media company All Things Small.