Blessings of Holi – my poem “The Red Within” is published in Triadæ Magazine – n.8 – Marzo 2017, on page 35. Proud to represent my country, and be one among 37 contributors from 9 countries.
It is a French form.
This French form is adapted from Italian folk songs (villanella) about rural life.
The villanelle consists of five tercets and a quatrain with line lengths of 8-10 syllables. The first and third lines of the first stanza become refrains that repeat throughout the poem. It looks like this:
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My first author interview. Thank you David Ellis.
Hey there everyone.
I am delighted to be able to share with you all another interview that I have conducted for the ongoing Author Interview series, this time round with a very talented poet.
She has published multiple collections of sensual, engaging and uplifting poetry.
Please welcome author and poet Vijaya Gowrisankar, as she chats about how she crafts her stimulating pieces, along with what inspires her in life and the experiences she has had writing them.
Thanks for reading and enjoy the show.
Hi there Vijaya, thank you for being our featured guest here today to discuss how you write your beautiful and engaging poetry.
Let’s start with your poetry volumes “Explore”, “Reflect” and “Inspire”. Please go into more detail about each of them, along with the themes behind them and your own mantra/philosophies that you infuse into your work when it comes to your writing style.
Inspire is my…
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My poem published on Silver Birch Press in the ME, At 17 series. Thank you Silver Birch Press for this opportunity
Giving voice to thoughts
by Vijaya Gowrisankar
Oh! Sweet Seventeen, I entered high school
and tried to befriend strangers till then
New classmates, new teachers, new ambience,
new opportunities with inter-school fests
The limelight of stage was so alluring
Few minutes to leave a mark, open to judgement
No one wanted to participate in writing events
The loss of names left our teachers perplexed
They challenged us, motivated us to channel
our thoughts, understand the power of words
My shyness dragged me down, but my defiance
won the battle and I slowly raised my hand
When the topic was given, I first felt blank
The force of words hit me, from all directions
Till then, a voracious reader — writing
felt like finding my way in darkness
One word and one step at a time, the thoughts
flowed, finding their voice — like a butterfly
fluttering its wings for the…
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