Prithvi Varatharajan

Prithvi Varatharajan

About Prithvi Varatharajan

Prithvi Varatharajan is a writer and freelance producer of audio books and cultural radio programs. He recently completed a PhD at the University of Queensland, on representations of authorial presence and national identity in ABC RN's Poetica (1997-2014). His writing (poems, reviews, interviews, scholarship) has featured in various Australian and overseas publications.

‘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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