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" What if I threw no reflection
On the plain grass of any mirror
I'd spend a lifetime not knowing me
I'd stop identifying with m y body
It pains me to say I have a reflection
I long to see through it
So that I see me as I am
And not what the light makes me see "
- A Face without Sunlight
By Ajay Seshadri
Come and Join Ajay Seshadri as he talks about classical poetry writing over a 2-hour session at Dialogues Cafe.
Flow of the Event :
1.Introduction to the background behind poetry
2.How different poetry is from other forms of art
Verbal Art, Plastic Art and Performing Arts
Proximity to Music and Mathematics
3.The Joy of Writing Poetry in Classical Forms
Ajay will read some of his poems in classical forms and free verse
from lotus in a fortress to illustrate the following:
a.)Writing poetry in classical forms gives fulfilment and joy to the
poet. It is like creating logic puzzles. It’s like creating a
b.)It has musical structures
c.)Free verse becomes better and the individual develops clarity in
thought and precision in diction.
About Ajay Seshadri
Ajay Seshadri is a poet and creative writer who has authored
two books of poetry, ‘In Search of Lost Innocence and Truth
Within’ and ‘Existential Relief’. He started writing poetry at the
age of 16 although his first two poems he ever wrote were an
attempt at writing songs without tunes. The first one was a four
line random musing and the one that followed was a poem
called Tunnel and the darkness in them lighted up his spirit of
self-exploration. It was this paradoxical beginning which made
him shun a rather straight jacketed way of approaching life prior
to his discovery of poetry writing. Certainty became muddled
and he would have to paint his path towards clarity which he
regards as a reasonable substitute.
- Lotus in a Fortress
Lotus in a Fortress features a collection of poems composed in
classical forms. The poems have musical structures displaying
the poet’s facility with the sound of poetry.
- Existential Relief
The philosophy of Existentialism gave the poet
inspiration to write poetry addressing certain ontological
conflicts experienced by individual consciousness.
- In Search of Lost Innocence and Truth Within
His first ever collection represents budding expressions of a
poet seeking permanence in Nature, Philosophy, Love and
Meaning of life. Whether he found it or not he wrote enough
poems to constitute a book.
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