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Prithvi Varatharajan

Prithvi Varatharajan

About Prithvi Varatharajan

Prithvi Varatharajan is a Commissioning Editor at Cordite Poetry Review. He holds a PhD from the University of Queensland, where he completed a thesis on the adaptation of contemporary Australian poetry by ABC RN's Poetica, paying particular attention to its programs on John Forbes, Ouyang Yu, Vicki Viidikas, and Ali Cobby Eckermann. He is a producer of cultural radio programs and audio books, and has contributed to Red Room Company, RN's Poetica, Earshot, Lingua Franca, Weekend Arts, and First Person. His writing (poetry, reviews, interviews, scholarship) has appeared widely in local and international journals.

Sonic Twin? A Poetics of Poetic Radio

When I reflect on the last decade of my engagement with poetry, I hear a presence shadowing many of my encounters. ‘Hear’ is an apt verb, because this presence is aural. What has so insistently stalked my encounters with poetry is the medium of radio, which acted as a bridge to poetry, catalysing my absorption of the form at a formative time.

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Varatharajan on as Commissioning Editor

Cordite is chuffed (once again) to announce that, joining Rosalind McFarlane, Amelia Dale and Joan Fleming as commissioning editors, Prithvi Varatharajan is joining the Cordite Poetry Review fold as commissioning editor for media poetry.

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‘Myth is not merely decorative’: Prithvi Varatharajan Interviews Michelle Cahill

Michelle Cahill is an award-winning poet and fiction writer and editor of Mascara Literary Review . Cahill has won the Val Vallis Award and the Hilary Mantel International Short Story Prize. Her debut short story collection, Letter to Pessoa, was published by Giramondo Publishing in 2016, and won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for New Writing.

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Prithvi Varatharajan Reviews Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

It can be daunting to survey a poet’s life work: there is the temptation to ‘make sense’ of the work as one coherent picture – to see it steadily developing in one trajectory, or honing one aesthetic (with deviations from this measured and marked) – or else as containing discreet phases which have beginnings and ends.

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Prithvi Varatharajan Reviews Peter Boyle

Peter Boyle’s Ghostspeaking belongs to a relatively rare poetic tradition, in which the poet creates heteronyms through which he or she writes. Indeed, the cover blurb of Ghostspeaking announces that the book contains ‘eleven fictive poets from Latin America, France and Québec. Their poems, interviews, biographies and letters weave images of diverse lives and poetics.’ As opposed to the pseudonym, which is merely a false name that allows the poet anonymity, the heteronym entails the creation of an entire life: not only distinctive poetic works, but also a biography for the poet that embeds them in real history.

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Prithvi Varatharajan Interviews Maria Takolander

Maria Takolander is an Australian poet with Finnish heritage. Takolander lives in Geelong, where she works as a Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies and Professional and Creative Writing at Deakin University. She has published a book of academic criticism, on South American magical realism, called Catching Butterflies: Bringing Magical Realism to Ground (2007); three books of poetry: Narcissism (2005), Ghostly Subjects (2009), and The End of the World (2014); and a book of short fiction, The Double (2013); a novel is forthcoming from Text.

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