poetry

Arts

Rampur's Urdu Poetry Is About Power cuts, Sensuality and Quirky Nawabs

In this conservative town, poets explore romance, sexuality, prevalent orthodoxy and exploitation by erstwhile nawabs through humour.
Zeyad Masroor Khan
1.14.19
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Fairytales for Instagram

Poet Nikita Gill’s new book, Fierce Fairytales, might be Insta-clickbait, but packages millennial concerns with a feminist take on magic.
Rituparna Som
11.13.18
Culture

Why Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz Published Her 'Sad Girl Poems'

The indie rock queen started writing poems during Speedy Ortiz's 2011 inception — but she hasn't shared them until now.
Nick Fulton
11.5.18
Culture

This Typewriter-Slinging 'Busker' Writes Poems on Demand

Cipun Mishra went from spoken word in Bhubaneswar to the steps of a Bengaluru bookstore.
Maroosha Muzaffar
8.20.18
LGBTQ

We Attended India’s First Transgender Poetry Meet

As it turns out, it wasn’t just a forum for expressing marginalised thought.
All images by Satwik Paul.
Yours Truly
7.30.18
Books

‘Half the Night Is Gone’: The Literary Playlist

Listen to what was playing in author Amitabha Bagchi’s head while he wrote his latest novel, set in early 20th century Delhi.
Amitabha Bagchi
7.24.18
slam poetry

Slam Poet Sabika Naqvi Prods the Public With Her Rhymes

We took notes as she challenged the patriarchy, one passerby at a time.
Parthshri Arora
6.11.18
Features

Rap is Banned in Iran, But the Underground Scene is Flourishing

"We have so many forbidden things in Iran, but does that prevent us from doing them? If forbidden rap can tell good stories, go ahead and forbid it! The ban only means it's an opportunity."
Quentin Müller
5.9.18
poetry

Pop-Poet Rupi Kaur Isn't Worrying About Being Unique

“Plagiarism is such a heavy, loaded word.”
Vivek Gopal
Sonal Shah
5.1.18