A platform for poets

Poetry Chain, a forum to promote poetry writing in English , will be holding poetry reading sessions every month at YMCA.

Published: 28th June 2013 12:22 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th June 2013 12:22 PM   |  A+A-

Poetry Chain, the city’s  poetry reading event to promote  poetry writing in English, is being revived with the first reading scheduled to be held at YMCA Library and Learning Centre on Saturday, 5 pm.

It will be an inaugural session of a poetry movement in the city that  was continuously making waves  from 1997- 2007.  Poetry Chain has  put many young poets who first appeared through its forum, in national limelight.

It has conducted readings by leading international poets such as Ruth Padel and Meena Alexander.  Many upcoming poets as Rizio Raj, Anupama, M  Mohan Kumar, Siddartha Menon and M K Ajay who have gone on to independently publish poetry collections  at a national level  first appeared through Poetry Chain readings and  in Poetry Chain Journal.

The revival of  Poetry Chain meet is led by its founder president  Gopikrishnan Kottoor, who has a record of four major all India prizes, which includes the Special All India Prize for the Best Poem  for his poetry.

Poetry Chain revival will begin with a remembrance of its  mentor the late  Ayyappa Paniker.  This will be followed by a reading by poets.

This time it is proposed to continue the sessions in a sustained manner once a month, with the munificence of  YMCA general secretary Shaji James, who has extended venue and support in the main hall of The Learning Centre.

Poetry Chain  also proposes  to include language poets, and  to encourage their translations into English. Poets can speak about their experiences in writing poetry, as they share their poetry. Copies of the latest issue of Poetry Chain will be made available to the participants. 

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