"I write poems because I can not help it given the brutal nature of experience under caste society which people like me and my community has to go through."
"I inhale and exhale words and stories, with this weird wonder that I might be utterly dysfunctional to the society at large."
"I wish to record my experiences with trauma and mental illness due to over-exposure to death and violence."
"Read the very best from the past but be aware of what is contemporaneous. That is where your practice lies. Don’t worry about posterity."
"The poets have an important role in shaping the future of humanity as they are the frontiers of human conscience."
"My father wrote letters to the editor. I write poems. I hope they have influenced people for the better."
"There is an imperfect fit between our perceptions, actuality, and articulation. Poetry for me fills up this gap or at least gives an identity to it."
"It's always better to let the poems soak the energy around and emerge as ripe, mature produce. Haste destroys its texture and taste."
"I write wrinkled words of primal prayers–bleached with white light, a fantasy landscape seen through half-sleep and eyelashes, turning my face away from my prelapsarian shadows of shame and guilt."
"We need to open up the minds of children with poems that are not just playful or lyrical but poems that encourage enquiry, poems that discourage war and violence (not celebrate them), poems of peace, the joys of co-existence and compassion."
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