'All great prose is also poetry'

Published: 01st August 2016 05:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st August 2016 05:14 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: Bengaluru poet Deesh Mariwala on the greats that have stayed with him over the decades:


Your favourite love poem:

Leonard Cohen’s ‘One of us cannot be wrong’ springs to mind. And Sahir Ludhianvi’s ‘Hum chalein to saaya bhi apna na saath de...”


A poet you keep going back to:

Leonard Cohen, Byron, Shakespeare for their mastery of building image and emotion, adhering to poetic form.


The first poem you remember reading:

As a beauty I’m not a great star / There are others more handsome by far. / But my face — I don’t mind it, / Because I’m behind it; / It’s the ones out in front that I jar!


Written word or slam? Or songs?

Poetry is meant to be spoken and heard, set to music or not.


Epics or anthologies? Or any other genre?

In prose, mostly non-fiction. But fantasy, humour, pulp, anything really. I devour words.


Poetry vs prose:

All great prose is also poetry, just as pleasing to the ear.


Influences / inspiration:

Cohen, Shakespeare, Villon, Frost, Hughes, Eliot, Dickey, Lorca, Ludhianvi, Ghalib, Kabir, Gibran, Amos Oz, Saint-Exupéry, Moraes, Kolatkar, Hesse, Rilke, Charteris, Janis Ian, David James Duncan, and I’m barely scratching the surface!

*Deesh Mariwala will be part of Bangalore Poetry Festival

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