Resistance Poetry (Upcoming)

In this upcoming issue of Aainanagar, we would like to think through precisely those questions. How can one write complex resistance poems? What does it mean to write nuanced resistance poems during the times of global political crises and pandemics? Should “nuance” and “complexities” be even the terms that poets worry about while writing the “contemporary” during such times? And who gets to decide what is nuance and what is complex?


Conceptualized by Nandini Dhar and Mihir Vatsa, editors of Aainanagar and Vayavya, FIVE is the final product of a creative collaboration started two years ago among five Indian poets and two illustrators. In the course of its completion, FIVE saw the poets assume simultaneously the roles of a friend, a mentor, an agony aunt, and an editor to each other while developing raw manuscripts into a neat set of chapbooks. From realities rooted in provincial culture and the diaspora to the speculative and the carnivalesque, each poet brings a distinct voice to the project.