Sreshtha Sen is a writer from Delhi, India. She studied Literatures in English from Delhi University and completed her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College, New York. She currently lives in Brooklyn, and is the 2017 McCrindle Foundation R&W Fellow at Poets & Writers.
Mostly, I’m looking for poems that haunt me at night with completely unethical thoughts involving stealing copyright, poems that make me jealous in the best possible way, make me want to, at once, admit out loud “I wish I had written this” and realize instantly that I couldn’t have because whoever wrote the poem was the only person capable of creating it.
Her five favourite poems (in no particular order) are:
- Leaving Your City (Agha Shahid Ali)
- Self-Portrait as So Much Potential (Chen Chen)
- Nikki-Rosa (Nikki Giovanni)
- Someday I’ll Love Ocean Vuong (Ocean Vuong)
- Meine usse yeh kaha (Habib Jalib), and
Ignatz Oasis (Monica Youn)
Shyamolie Singh writes poetry and occasionally, non-fiction. She studied Literatures in English from LSR, Delhi University and recently completed her graduate studies at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Kamila Shamsie once wrote an essay about her teacher, Agha Shahid Ali, where she recalled his response to some writer – who, despite his talent and “wordplay”, stopped short of “breaking my [Shahid’s] —and his own—heart.” This has held me in good stead over the years in understanding what I look for when I read poetry, or any writing. It is often hard to pin down and explain, but I love coming across new writing that tells me a story that I may or may not have known before, but does so in ways in that are both political and personal, intimate and intense.
Her five favourite poems in no particular order are:
- Agha Shahid Ali’s “Farewell”
- Adrienne Rich’s Poem XVI from “Twenty-One Love Poems”
- June Jordan’s “From Sea to Shining Sea”
- Namdeo Dhasal’s “Cruelty”
- Salma’s “A Midnight Tale”
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Shreemayee Das is a blogger and currently a fellow at Teach for India where she teaches 5th grade kids how to write. She studied English in LSR, Delhi University and hopes to be a writer one day in the distant future.
Her 5 favourite poems are:
1. The Shield of Achilles (WH Auden)
2. Preludes (TS Eliot)
3. Full Moon and Little Freida (Ted Hughes)
4. As I Walked Out One Evening (Auden)
5. All You Who Sleep Tonight (Vikram Seth)